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Toronto Maple Leafs Daily Poll: Was Doing Nothing At The Deadline A Mistake?


Yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs let the NHL Trade Deadline come and go without making a deal. Since the big Ryan Miller to St.Louis blockbuster, Toronto is only one of two teams that did not make a move before the deadline, the other being the Winnipeg Jets.

There were several teams in the Eastern Conference, let alone the Atlantic Division, that made moves to improve their team. Two teams in the Atlantic, one above the Leafs in the standings and one below, the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings, respectively, made significant moves that should make them better teams.

The Canadiens won the Thomas Vanek sweepstakes and they didn’t give up a whole heck of a lot to do it. The Red Wings acquired David Legwand to provide insurance while Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are out.

The Leafs are now hoping that the team they have now is good enough to make the playoffs. They currently hold the third spot in the Atlantic Division, but only by one point. They still have to hold off several teams if they don’t want to fall back.

With 18 games left in the season, the Leafs have to hope that the improvements made by other teams don’t work out and that the lineup that has problems all season long can solve them in time.

So…

Was Doing Nothing At The Deadline A Mistake?

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4 Comments on Toronto Maple Leafs Daily Poll: Was Doing Nothing At The Deadline A Mistake?

  1. OJM says:

    Standing pat was 100% the right move. This team will make the playoffs, but is by no means a cup contender and won’t be for a another couple of years, assuming the core stays together and Nonis is able to pick up a few more decent pieces by trade in the off-season. Make no sense to give away young talent for rental pieces and even our UFAs would not have got much of a return….we know they explored some trades but clearly nothing viable was going to come back for the mid – long term so why waste it?

  2. Scottie Smalls says:

    it wasn’t a mistake, they won the other day

  3. Tim Bayer says:

    Most Wings fans are lamenting the Legwand trade as a massive overpayment. Nonis apparently was kicking tires on Vanek but at the end of the day, they just lost out. I would’ve liked to pick up a Penner or a Robidas or a Weaver because they were traded for peanuts, but the Leafs’ cap situation meant that wasn’t going to happen. I’m happy they didn’t sacrifice a young player for a rental because, as OJM said below, the Leafs aren’t a Cup contender anyway.

  4. D.WAdair says:

    I don’t think they made a mistake, Nonis has not much cap space to start with, he would have lost a player with a big name player, maybe kulie and they can’t lose him. Bolland if he makes it back is like getting a good player.

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