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Maple Leaf deadline day: was that what you were hoping for?

Trade deadline days in recent years have indeed been more sound than fury, as the “biggest” deals are usually completed well in advance of the final hours on the long-anticipated “day.” (In fact, back in the '60s and '70s, when I was, well, a lot younger, I don't recall us ever talking in terms of a big build-up to a "deadline", though by the late '70s more and more teams were looking to "load up",  as when the Islanders acquired Butch Goring from the LA Kings. On that note, my favourite deadline deal in those days was in 1973 when the struggling Leafs shipped venerable goaltending legend Jacques Plante to the Bruins for a first-round pick.  With their own and another first-rounder then General Manager Jim Gregory had acquired, the Leafs had a great draft day in the summer of '73, selecting Lanny McDonald, Bob Neely and Ian Turnbull all in the top 15 on the same day....)

Here where Leaf fans live, the countdown came and went with a relative whisper, as Nonis made only one move of what we might call substance—the acquisition of Ryan O’Byrne, the former Hab defenseman.  (In return, the Leafs gave the Avalanche a 4th round draft pick, not something any of us will likely lose much sleep over…)

At 28, O’Byrne—a good Western Canadian boy, as Cherry might say— brings 300 NHL games to town on his resume, and about a dozen or so more in the playoffs.  At 6 foot 5, and 235 pounds, he certainly provides some added size to or blueline. He has regularly logged about 19 minutes a night for the past two seasons, so he has been playing a fair bit for Colorado though I probably couldn’t pick him out of a lineup.  (Those of you who follow the West more closely than I do will have to fill me in on his attributes and limitations.)  He “sounds” like a 4/5 defensemen with a defense-first orientation, which is fine. NHL teams always need that kind of role player.  What little I have seen of him, he can hit and play a physical game, but I wouldn't count on my scouting report.

My first reaction to Nonis’ activity is that he “did no harm”, which is what a good physician (and sometimes a good General Manager) is supposed to do.  He did not do anything to disrupt the team’s chemistry such as it is, as best we on the outside can tell.  He brought in another defenseman, which never hurts going into a playoff drive, though clearly O’Byrne’s impact should be relatively modest, one would think.

There was nothing daring or dangerous from Nonis, just the quiet acquisition of something that good teams forever need:  blueline depth.

Now, unless I’ve been misreading the mood of those who visit and post here at VLM,  most Leaf fans were OK with the status quo on this roster.  Oh, we all wanted a big first-line center, more experience and playoff leadership and a stud defenseman, but did we really think that was all going to appear out of nowhere at the deadline?  Few teams made impact moves, the biggest seemingly being trades for aging veterans like Iginal and Jagr (ahead of the deadline), and secondary if certainly useful players like Clowe and Derek Roy.  (Tortorella won’t have Gaborik to kick around anymore… and I’m guessing the veteran winger couldn’t be happier to go somewhere that needs his goal scoring and a coach that won’t scream daily about his frequent bouts of lethargy…)

Nonis did not mess with the goaltending duo of Reimer and Scrivens, though he was interested enough in Kiprusoff to get permission to try and talk the long-time Finnish netminder into coming here. But at the end of the day, it was just that:  talk.

So no, we don’t have a big center (hey, we’ve been saying that for years); we don’t have another stud defenseman; we lack the kind of veteran leadership that I would like to see. (Yes, I know, Lupul is here, but I’m talking about those savvy veterans that you add to the mix who have experienced playoff success and can tell the “kids” what it’s like at playoff time—having actually won something.) We  also don’t have a “name” in goal, if that was a concern.

But my guess is most of you are OK with that—for now.

O’Byrne’s arrival will create yet another intriguing blueline scenario.  Gardiner can’t go anywhere (the Marlies, I mean), so we have Gunnarsson, Phaneuf, Liles, Fraser, Franson and Kostka/Gardiner as our “regulars” on the back end. With O’Byrne, that’s eight “D”, not including Komisarek and Holzer with the Marlies—or any of the younger guys like Blacker, Rielly, etc..

My assessment is simple:  Nonis stayed the course.  He has said from the get-go he is not moving young players out, period.  He wants to keep building with the kids.  My guess is a year from now will be a different story.  That’s when he will have to determine (if they’re still here at the time) whether Grabovski and Bozak, for example, are the kind of players we can win with in the third round of the playoffs.  If not, they may go for other pieces we can plug in.

For now, Nonis probably likes his roster, though it is not championship-caliber. But it is a roster he can gently 'massage' and re-tool and be a bit patient, because there are some youngsters (maybe Colborne, based on the reports I’m getting) and others like Rielly who will be factors here some day.  And when the time comes to consider adding that crucial impact veteran because the Leafs really are close to something, I’m thinking the Leaf GM will indeed pull the trigger—a year from now.

But this team wasn’t the team to do that for, and Wednesday wasn’t the time—yet.

How do you see it?


  1. I'm disappointed that the big impact moves that would give as a good chance at cup run now weren't made but I guess there were no trades out there - nobody is willing to dance. I guess we'll have to settle for what we've got which is not bad at all and hope for the best this year.

    The youngsters will only get better next year and it may well be the case that the best course of action is inaction (as most voices I hear seem to suggest). I still think, however, that a big 'hockey trade' may have to be pulled off at some point (maybe next year) for the Leafs to have a shot at the ultimate prize. I wonder if Nonis has the guts to actually pull off something like that. I really hope this inaction is not laziness or cowardice masquerading as confidence or patience.

    I'm happy with the acquisition of O'Byrne - he seems to be an upgrade on Schenn and Holtzer and will definitely help the Leafs in the short run. He is famous for being the only guy that flattened Chara and has been a leader in hits and blocked shots on Av's defense. His cap hit (1.8 until July) and the price for him (4th rounder) are not at all steep. It also gives us more options on the back end and that can't hurt. I cannot notice however that O'Byrne is not much different of a player than Mike Komisarek who's been exiled to the Marlies and for whom we're already paying a hefty sum. Why not just bring him up? He has played well this season when given a chance. Strange.

    The boat has not been rocked and the team chemistry is intact. There are no excuses now. This should be good for everyone's confidence. I hope they go out now and try to bring home the cup.

  2. Solid post, leafdreamer. I do think Nonis has the nerve to make that big deal, but as I mentioned in my post, I think that time will be next year at the deadline, or in the summer. This week was maybe not quite the right time.

    I wondered about Komisarek, too. Not sure if he's hurt down on the farm, but it seems they have no intention of giving him the opportunity. I'm guessing Kostka now sits. Thanks leafdreamer.

  3. MIchael,

    I am extremely happy that Nonis was unable to acquire either Luongo, or Kipper from Calgary. With all the great work that Reimer, in particular has done this year, I can see no reason not to let him run with the ball in the playoffs. The fact that Nonis was trying to bring in a big name goalie at the deadline troubles me. This is exactly the kind of short-sighted thinking that every general manager in Toronto falls prey to. The whole 'I can do it faster and better' attitude that everyone sitting in the hot seat falls in love with.

    This team is not a homerun trade away from a Cup win. Ray Shero isn't going to give up Crosby and Letang for Kadri. He isn't, no matter what the callers to the fan590 would have you believe. I am beyond thrilled that Mike Gillis wants the world and then a first born son to get Luongo. It means that the Leafs won't have a declining goalie, who is another year older next year, and less assets on the team and the farm. I am almost certain that Burke would have made a bad deal, in order to make a splash.

    I think the reason that Komisarek isn't an option is that Nonis wants to compliance buyout his contract in the offseason. If he is injured, they are unable to use that. Slow and steady will win this race. Just stay the course, for once in my damn life, if the team will stay the course, it might finally turn out to be the right one.

    Congrats on the podcast, I listened to your 50th episode today. You and Matteo have done a fine job there. Your work here, is as always, beyond reproach. It is my privilege to be a small part, from time to time.

  4. I am really happy with the what the Leafs did. They added what I wanted and veteran defensive defenseman in the number 4 spot without giving up much. The following is the key part of the deal: Ryan O’Byrne is Liles former defensive partner!

    So the Leafs acquired somebody that is already a proven match for Liles. For a 4th rounder in way off 2014, I don't think they could have done much better. This was a very nice little deal. The defensive parings are solidified:

    Phaneuf Gunnarson
    Liles O’Byrne
    Fraser Franson

    If there are injuries they could easily drop in the pair of Gardiner Kostka

    That's pretty solid.

    As for savvy veterans, Montrel grabbed Jeff Halpern off waivers. A good faceoff man. Throw him on the 4th line. That was a good move. Something like that next year would be good.

    The only guy I feel bad for is Ryan Hamilton, he was sent down today. But, I think we will see him again. I have this feeling we will go more than one round, an enforcer might be sat or there could be injuries.

  5. You are not alone in breathing a sigh of relief that Gillis has clung stubbornly to the notion of a "hockey trade" and that Kiprusoff was unwilling to come to Toronto. If for any reason Nonis feels an upgrade in goal is necessary this summer, there would appear to be options out there beyond Kiprusoff and Luongo.

    You are likely right on Komisarek, by the way.

    Thanks for your kind words about the podcast and VLM. Your contributions here have been significant. Thanks Jim.

  6. I did not know that about O'Byrne, DP. Interesting. I think you have projected the defense pairings as Carlyle now sees them.

    I used to love Halpern. I know he's older now, of course, but as you say, that kind of deal is the very kind Nonis may want to make a year from now...Thanks DP.

  7. More than anything, I came out of the trade deadline with a sigh of relief. The plan to bring in Mikka Kiprusoff was a cockamamie scheme that had the distinctive whiff of various Leaf management blunders over the years. It also reminded me, in a general sense, of bad decision making cooked up in committee meetings in institutions, businesses, government, anywhere too much power congregates and foments in self-destructive ways.

    You got the sense of two underlying rationales: Somehow an aging goalie with alarming (to say the least) performance numbers would constitute an upgrade over two goaltenders performing at the top tier of their peers in front of a team that everyone seems to agree is a few pieces short of outstanding. The cover story, that lone wolf, I am anointed number one position or I won’t play Mikka would suddenly become a paternal mentor to two helpless youngsters (who have kept level heads and performed well in the uber stressful TO market)? The nonsensicality of the premise boggles the mind, especially when Dave Nonis et al. should have been focussed on actual areas of need that everyone else seems to readily perceive. It makes you wonder what they are smoking up there in the gilded offices of MLSE? It is a stressful place I guess.

    On the other hand, I was heartened by the derision that Leaf supporters demonstrated against the Kipper Plan in comment sections of blogs and mainstream articles, as I assume was also manifest in the Twitoshphere (is that the word?) and other media incarnations that I have yet to catch up with. I know, of course, that it was Mr. Kiprusoff himself who nixed the harebrained scheme; however it made me hopeful that the fan base could play a role in suppressing future monumental blunders before they become fully hatched. Dreams of democratic controls over Mega Communication Inc. aside, I guess we have to ultimately defer to those wise men in the gilded MLSE offices (apologies to the Nice Kid). I mean we can hardly expect rookie goaltenders to perform well in the playoffs. Just ask Senator Ken Dryden. In fact, Management might be wise to listen, because the days when management can disparage the hand that feeds could be over (if you want to keep that cushy job that is). Let’s just call it “sober second thought”.

  8. Really this deadline was alright. They didn't make any stupid moves and the guy they picked up is a depth guy. From what I have read on him Colorado fans couldn't wait to get rid of the guy. From things I have read I would consider him to be Colorado's Komisarek. I know he played with Liles a couple of years ago but since then he has fallen quite far down the Av's depth chart. Still he is a guy they can rotate in and out with Kostka and Gardiner when they want more beef in the lineup. Never hurts to have NHL dmen around although I'm not really sure he is much of an upgrade on Komisarek. In that regards if they are worried about injury to Komisarek why is he playing with the Marlies? An injury is an injury. To my mind this is really a deal of little or no consequence.

    Time for a bit of Canuck laughing though. What exactly is Gillis thinking? If you can get no return for Luongo now how on earth are you going to get more for him this summer when the Canucks are right up against the cap? Very glad the Leaf's didn't get him though because if they really want him they can probably sign for league minimum after he gets bought out this summer ( I hope they don't).

    If I'm Luongo I walk into Gillis' office and tell him I won't waive my no trade now under any circumstances. Either buy me out or trade Schnieder because I ain't going anywhere. Vancouver could send him to the minors but his salary still counts against the cap under the new CBA less $900,000. What a colossal screw-up. Looks good on them.

  9. Sometimes I burn off a lot of energy trying to find the good in things... the Luongo / Kiprusoff storylines are a good case in point. As soon as reports trickled in that Kipper was not coming... I experienced a wave of relief.

    At the deadline, I felt a slow sense of increasing 'ease' until the report that Lu had been 'called off the ice'. It was then that I was indeed hoping that we hadn't done anything stupid. Though it took a few minutes to learn that Luongo was not coming, the reassurances that we had 'stood pat' made me happy for the guys who got us this far (and relieved that they would have the time to gain some valuable experience).

    When word came later about O'Byrne, I thought of Burke's words about needing to be 10 deep on defense for the playoffs and how this would 'shore up' the right side with more options going forward. That Ryan has been successfully paired (previously) with Liles in Colorado, was a bonus... That he seems like Fraser, is another plus... That he provides significant PK time (potentially relieving some minutes for Phaneuf) is another benefit.

    All tolled, I am pleased with the day and looking forward to the playoff learning curve opportunity afforded to the guys who brought us here!

  10. I was up early this morning and worried that something would happen on the goalie front, my feeling is the Luongo contract would set the team back for years and when they were a "legitimate contender" in a few years Luongo would be well past his peak. I also thought Kipper has played poorly this year so he would not be an upgrade but at least a better contract. So a major relief to see Reimer getting a chance and I also think Reimer/Scrivens can use the playoff experience. Just for fun I was looking at a few blogs from the canuksarmy site about Luongo from the last few months. Some of the stuff is pretty hilarious. There are blogs analyzing the Leafs center position with Connolly and Lombardi and how that makes Bozak available, and other blogs about Kadri and a 1st not being fair value for Lou. Other blogs about Gillis being smart to play the waiting game, and blogs on how Luongo's value keeps going even higher. Pretty amazing how these Canuk fans were so confident of the huge return sometime referred to as treasure they would get for Luongo, totally blind to the reality of the situation that there are no trading partners.

    Just a note, I was at the Leafs Sens games last Sat. wearing my Leaf jersey with my wife in her Sens. Just a fantastic game but my wife hated it and thought all the Leaf fans were disrespectful to Alfie with all the booing. When I got home I watched the game I had on the pvr. I can tell you the Go Leafs chants were way louder at the Bank and the "sea of blue" was also a lot more overwhelming than what showed on TV. It actually looked like a Leaf home game with a lot of Sens fans. I was at the 3rd level with 3 to 1 Leaf fans mostly all in blue. By the half way point of the 3rd the Sens fans filtered away so then it was all Leafs fans. My wife was really irritated as we were leaving when all you could hear were "Go Leafs Go", and even louder were the "This Is Our House" chants. I will say however that my wife took the Sens loss a lot better than I would have taken it, I am a sore loser, but I also never gloat!

  11. I'm perfectly satisfied with Nonis' move. I felt our emphasis should be on strengthening the D, and it looks like we have, to some degree. Many reports said that O'Byrne played his best when paired with Liles, so let's hope history repeats!
    As mentioned above, it looks like Kostka and Gardiner will be spectators for a while. I have no problem with that. As for Komi, I'm baffled at how he's been treated. I can only surmise that the buy-out mentioned above is indeed the reason. Nonis did say he was trying to find an NHL home for Connolly and Komi, but had no luck.
    The only downside in not getting an experienced goalie for the playoffs - which we haven't yet made, by the way - is that we're really vulnerable if injuries should be incurred. There will be more net crashing, and who knows the true state of Reimer's knee? Bergeron's latest concussion also has to concern us - the contact seemed relatively minimal. Let's hope James can withstand the barrage that's likely to come.
    I think Dave Nonis showed concern for the players we have, and the chemistry they've developed. I also think he's well aware that, more than likely, the Leafs aren't going to make a deep playoff run this year. Of course, anything's possible, but...
    It makes more sense to have our core group get experience and build on the success they've had to date. And Nonis' conservative approach yesterday seems to be all about just that.

  12. I'm quite happy with how things turned out yesterday. Once Kipper was removed from the equation, I did get a little queasy at the thought of giving up any of our future in players and/or salary cap commitment for Luongo. We are a playoff team now. During the long off-season I do believe a lot of us said out loud that adding Luongo would make us a playoff team. So we really had nothing to gaing by trading for him, and a lot to lose.

    Since we have all our pieces in place to close out the year, let's give it a run now and see what they're all made of heading into the playoffs. We have a few question marks, I think, on what players are actually core players for the future and who is simply an adequate roster player. Bozak, Grabbo, MacArthur, Kulemin, and yes Kessel all need to show whether they are worth committing time and money to beyond this year or whether we need to make more significant roster moves via trade or free agency this summer.

  13. I'll let your well-turned comment stand on its own merits, Bobby C. only to add that it is interesting that the Canucks tried yet again to move Luongo here at the last minute, it seems. Gillis clings to his desire for a "hockey deal". You've long said he can't trade Luongo unless it's a minimum hockey return. The Leafs move forward with their own guys. Thanks Bobby.

  14. Willbur- I don't know enough about O'Byrne to know if he will be a steadying influence or not. I guess we'll see. But I sense most Leaf fans are good with the overall deadline outcome: no desperation moves, as you say.

  15. I think all of us want to see our young guys, including the goalies, get their shot at the playoffs. They helped write the play, they need to get a chance to experience performing on stage when it matters. Thanks InTimeFor62.

  16. More news:

    Joe Colborne called up, Fraser McLaren out with the flu. This is really good. We will get a look at Colborne who has a very underated defensive game (numbers for goals with him on the ice quite good) and he has be producing lately on offense: 12 goals, 32 points in past 37 games.

    If there are problems re-signing Bozak, tonight we will get a preview of how Colborne might look in the 3rd centre role. Kadri would be number 1, Grabo 2.

  17. Hey Alton- I admire that you and your wife can cheer for different teams! (Side note- I've come to respect Alfie over the years...such a fine representative for the Sens...)

    You well express what so many Leaf followers went through yesterday: excitement about trade deadline day, but concern that we may jump into a situation that simply wasn't necessary. In the end, cooler heads prevailed, it seems. The Canucks have tried to wait out the Luongo matter, but so far, it has not worked out. That said, if Luongo ends up playing a key role in the playoffs, all will be well in Canuck land!

  18. Your last sentence tells the tale, Gerund O- In the end, Nonis decided allowing this young team to build on its own success and gain playoff experience was more important than any move he could have made. He is "staying the course". As I said in my post, a year from now, we may be in a different place, and will look at bringing in the depth-veteran types to help us get over the hump. Thanks Gerund.

  19. Well said, Pete. The playoffs tend to reveal what a player is really about, and those you mention are among the Leafs that will have an opportunity to demonstrate whether they are "playoff performers". I'm not saying one playoff year is the final determinant, but before we cough up huge money for any of those (or any other) players, it may be a useful reference point. Thanks Pete.

  20. While I am relieved at the outcome of the trade deadline, I am far from satisfied with management performance. Sorry for the repetition, but the so-called “goalie upgrade” wild goose chase drew focus and attention away from actual areas of concern and potential areas of benefit. Let us rewind to the free agent pool and recall that players moved at the deadline, Jagr and Redden were available, players now coveted and dealt for by contending teams. How were these potentially useful players passed over? While Burke overestimated the team years ago, Nonis underestimated the potential value of veterans to the current team. To my knowledge, no pitches to Jagr or Redden were made.

    I know some will say “No one knew that the Leafs could be this good …” but I was one of the few saying that the situation was not that bad and could turn quickly. (I am not gloating because I am pleasantly surprised as anyone – we are talking about personal feelings in this post.) Michael, I think you will recall that I wrote on your site not only that the Leafs could turn it around with a few changes but also specifically that they should try for Jagr and Redden. Veteran presence and playoff is indeed very important to success at the center and defense positions. As history shows, it is not particularly important in goal (Dryden, Roy the list goes on.) So mistake number one made months ago, those free agents were passed over. One available player that could really have made a difference in the here and now, Jay Bouwmeester, was apparently acquired by the Blues for a relatively low cost. So I ask: Why are we chasing down an imagined need in goal when a real need, a key component like Jay Bouwmeester is there for the taking? Am I satisfied? I am only satisfied the way that someone who has narrowly missed a train wreck is satisfied.

    I think you also recall Michael that I predicted the Roberto Luongo situation the moment that it became an issue. While the inane propaganda out of the Gillis camp about all of these interested teams provides a wealth of joke material for sports announcers, it still clouds the issue. The issue is not between a so-called “hockey deal” and a soft deal any more. Given Luongo’s contract, a “hockey deal” was never in the cards. But from Gillis’ point of view the changing landscape has gotten worse. With multiple quality goaltenders likely to be available next season, Gillis is faced with more limited options. 1) He can buy out Luongo for (what is it $27 million?) which should mean he is dismissed for incompetence. 2) He can offer compensation to the team willing to take on the contract in the form of contract relief payments and/or players and futures. Or, he can 3) reverse his position and trade the other goalie, what his name – Schneider. Probably the third option will be the most palatable. Personally, I don’t think the Leafs should even be talking to Gillis about Luongo (and ironically we may have Mikka Kiprusoff to thank for dodging that particular bullet).

    If Dave Nonis cannot shake his obsession with overpaid, over-the-hill goalies, then he needs to be talking to Gillis about compensation for taking Luongo’s contract off his hands – draft choices, prospects and cash going the Leafs way. I know that may not sit well with our nostalgia for simpler days when so-called “hockey deals” were more the norm. Nevertheless, it is the reality that Gillis could now face. Personally, I would steer clear of such a cap-sucking move, set the “call block” if necessary. But then again, no one is paying me big bucks to run a hockey team. As a fan, I just hope that our manager is not as imperceptive as he appears to be.

  21. You've touched on a number of key points skillfully ( as always) Bobby C.. I well recall your earlier observations, both about vets like Redden and the team's capacity to improve quickly.

    Maybe the biggest thing we need to understand is that Nonis did indeed want either Kiprusoff or Luongo. That can't be obscured. Kipper said no; the only reason we did not "get" Luongo is that Gillis would not retain some salary. So you're right, the bottom line is that Nonis was in fact fishing, not just walking along the shore waiting to see if a fish jumped out at him. He was actively shopping Scrivens, and, we presume, willing to supplant Reimer as the team's number-one.

    As for Luongo, in fairness to Gillis, wasn't it the goalie himself who decided he wanted to be elsewhere after yet another less-than-satisfactory playoff performance in Vancouver? The contract decision/signing rests with management, of course. But they were in a tough spot. It's hard to trade an unhappy elite goalie with a huge contract in today's cap world, who will only go to Florida- unless some team is awfully desperate.

    In hindsight, it would have been easier to trade, yes, the "other guy". Vancouver weeks ago could have acquired key pieces for a Cup run, and given Luongo another chance to win with a solid team. But everyone seems stuck in their position. Luongo says he wishes he could re-do the contract (why couldn't he- there must be a reason...) Gillis wants a "fair" return. It's a mess.

    Thanks Bobby. Thought-provoking as usual....

  22. I find thet the interaction with Bobby Craig has been worthwhile fodder for consideration. In the end, we did not take or make any drastic moves to address any real needs, even if we acknowledge that those needs do exist.

    The only thought that remains for me is that changes now (for the immediate potential benefit in this playoff year) have been weighed against the potential for longterm improvements that should be available at lower costs when summer arrives. It is well-noted that the biggest mistakes seem to be made at this time of year (and at free agency), however, the reality of 64 M cap restriction next season will be realized following this playoff season.

    The leverage available to the Leafs with their financial clout and the potential availability of contracts, amnesty buyouts and even free agents may be found to be far more plentiful than many would imagine. It is my guess that a J Bo appropriation now may have seriously hindered the long-awaited benefit of flexibility that, I anticipate, was part of the PLAN about which we have heard for so long.

    I believe we will soon 'cash in' the return for our patient investment and that waiting 'a little longer' will provide dividends that could set our future path on a firm footing that none of us might fully appreciate now.

    It is reported that the last Luongo offer from the Canucks was Scrivens and 2 second round picks... seems to me that if the Leafs pursue Lu in the next round, that we wouldn't come close to losing even that price tag. Vancouver is handcuffed with little flexibility and as their only realistic trading partner makes the moves we anticipate in the coming months, the pressure will be on for Lu's price tag to drop (or even gain us more assets to take on that contract). This seems to be a reasonable framework to understand (and possibly accept) the lack of action pertaining to resolving other recognized needs.

    I certainly hope so, anyway!

  23. The trade deadline is gone and so are the (needless) anxieties of acquiring a goalie. Lu or Kipper 2 or 3 years ago would have be awesome, but both are on the downswing it seems, not to mention Luongo's contract.

    There were a couple of trades that I thought "Meh, we could've done that" or "Is that all it took to get that guy?". But all in all our slow day was just fine.

    Unless there was another Beauchemin for Lupul and Gardiner trade, I think we did well not mess with things. We look good (for round 1 at least).

  24. That's how many looked at the deadline day, portuguese leaf- no harm, no foul. Thanks.