Sunday, March 14, 2010

the 2010 trade deadline: reaction

Well, the trade deadline came and went with all the regular accompanying hoopla and ridiculous quantities of media coverage. For the Leafs, it was pretty anticlimactic, all things considered. The biggest 'surprise' was the trade of Alexi Ponikarovsky to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Luca Caputi and Martin Skoula (who was immediately dealt to the Devils), though it wasn't actually a surprise. I think the deals for Lee Stempniak and Joey MacDonald were both solid as we picked up draft picks (later rounds, mind you) and a couple of defencemen in the deals. Obviously the Leafs got their far bigger deals done weeks earlier in the major trades with the Flames and the Ducks so the deadline felt like a bit of 'dusting and tidying up' compared to the 'spring clean' that happened with the acquisitions made through the Calgary and Anaheim trades on January 31.

My verdict: Good business done by Brian Burke before this year's trade deadline. We're now the youngest team in the NHL and that can really only be seen as a positive. The Blue & White had even won three games in a row until today's 4-1 loss to the Islanders in Long Island, which is unheard of for the 2009-2010 Maple Leafs!

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