Trade Deadline Blog

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This will be constantly updated tomorrow with different trades around the NHL and obviously those that will involve or effect the Toronto Maple Leafs.

So A quick recap of all the trades pre-deadline.

Kaberle to Boston in exchange for a Joe Colborne, BOS 1st in 2011 and a conditional 2nd in 2012

Kaberle to Boston had be circulating for years, and finally Brian Burke made it happen, in return, the Leafs get a big powerforward prospect in Colborne, who has fit well with the Toronto Marlies thus far since his acquisition. The 1st round pick will likely be in the mid-20’s and the conditional second round pick is if the Bruins either make the Stanley Cup finals, or obviously, if Kaberle re-signs with the Bruins.

A good deal that will be effective for both teams, no clear winner.

Kris Versteeg Traded To Flyers For 1st and 3rd

Versteeg was being paid like a 2nd line player, playing in a 3rd line role for the Leafs. Since joining the Flyers, Versteeg only has 2 points in seven games. Not what Philadelphia expected when dealing two picks.

Granted the picks could be the 30th and 90th overall, it’s still a decent move for both teams. No clear winner as of yet.

Burke Acquires Lupul, Gardiner, and a Conditional 2013 Pick for Beauchemin

Win for Toronto here. Gaining a top six forward, a top four prospect and a pick for a top four defensemen is a good deal in anyone’s book.

Lupul has picked up his play and has been a very solid addition for the Leaf’s forward core, playing with Phil Kessel at times, he’s starting to produce points while learning system that Ron Wilson runs. Glad thing he’s learning it, cause a lot of Leaf fans still don’t understand it!

Jake Gardiner has top four potential written all over him. He’s got good offensive skill while remaining defensively responsible. Burke picked Gardiner in Anahiem so it’s no surprise he wanted him in Toronto. He’ll be a good fit for the Leaf’s d-core for a long time.

Beauchemin has been very solid for the Ducks, and moving Lupul does clear up some cap space for them so while it’s a win-win for both teams, I think the Leafs have the bigger addition in the deal.

According to @DarrenDreger, Weiss likes the option of Toronto but the Leafs aren’t said to make an offer for the Panther forward……Yet. Meanwhile, @AndyStrickland thinks the Leafs will have to move Grabovski to get him. Tyler Bozak’s name has came up as well.

Early reports suggest that Clarke MacArthur is very unlikely to be traded, along with J.S. Giguere. While it’s still early in the day, those two are likely to remain Leaf’s after the deadline passes. Good and bad news for the Leaf’s as Giguere has pretty much lost all his trade value via injuries.

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Tags: Anahiem Ducks Boston Bruins Clarke MacArthur Francois Beauchemin J.S. Giguere Jake Gardiner Joe Colborn Joffrey Lupul Kris Versteeg Mikhail Grabovski Philadelphia Flyers Stephen Weiss Tomas Kaberle Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Marlies Tyler Bozak

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