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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: March 5, 2014

NHL trade deadline day is winding down, and Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis has made exactly zero moves. I’m totally OK with that. This team needs some help for sure, but any of the notable names left on the market (like, Ryan Kesler) would cost a gross overpayment of young players, prospects and draft picks.

There haven’t been a huge number of trades today, but most of those moves have involved some pretty big names. The biggest is Martin St. Louis, the star right-winger who was traded by the Tampa Bay Lightning to the New York Rangers for fellow winger Ryan Callahan, a first-round draft pick and a conditional second-rounder that will turn into a first-rounder if the Rangers make the Eastern Conference Final.

As Dave Lozo of Bleacher Report writes, it’s a bold (and smart) move by the Rangers to try and separate themselves from the pack in the weak Eastern Conference. I was already pretty scared of the Rangers, but now that they have one of the best scorers in the league on the roster, watch out.

Part of the reason I like the deal is the Rangers are basically swapping St. Louis for Callahan right now, and those two draft picks are likely going to be late first-rounders, and those picks very rarely turn into star players. Callahan has struggled this year with scoring and injury troubles, and he’s looking for something in the neighborhood of $6-million per year for seven years in a new contract. That’s way too much money for Ryan Callahan. Sean Gentille of the Sporting News has more on Callahan and why unloading him is a good move for the Rangers.

Shifting back to the Leafs’ situation, Hope In The Big Smoke posted a great list of “Don’ts” that Nonis should adhere to today. It looks like Nonis has obliged…so far. There’s still about 10 minutes left to the deadline so keep those fingers crossed.

In another pretty big move today, the Columbus Blue Jackets traded Marian Gaborik to the Los Angeles Kings for former Leaf Matt Frattin, a second-rounder and a conditional third-rounder. Looks like a pretty good addition for the Kings for minimal cost. HailRover of Jewels From The Crown has a quick reaction piece.

As always, check up on FanSided’s handy Trade Tracker to see if anything happens until (or shortly after) the 3 p.m. deadline.

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