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Deals And Steals Heading Up To The Deadline

Monday, 01.03.2004 / 12:45 PM / News
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Deals And Steals Heading Up To The Deadline
Leafs TV, you can watch Brian Duff hosting pre- and post-game shows for all the breaking news surrounding the Blue and White.
March 1, 2004

(TORONTO) -- We're counting days now, not weeks, in anticipation of the Trade Deadline, and while many believe some of the biggest names have already moved (Bondra, Jagr, Lang, Burke), don't bet on things being quiet on and before March 9.

And while everyone else is playing the speculation game as to who might go where, let's analyze some of the done deals to date, and which teams are better or worse for making them.

Best Deals (or Steals) of the Year

Honourable Mentions:
Steve Konowalchuk and a 3rd round pick to Colorado from Washington for Bates Battaglia and Jonas Johansson. Ric Jackman to Pittsburgh from Toronto for Drake Berehowsky.

5. Peter Bondra to Ottawa from Washington for Brooks Laich and a 2nd round pick in 2005. Could a deal be any more lopsided in the short term? (See No. 4) Even if Laich has a lengthy and successful NHL career, the Senators simply did not need him. They remain one of the 5 youngest teams in the league, and when the draft comes to the Corel Centre in 2005, I'm betting most locals won't be fretting over the lost pick.

4. Robert Lang to Detroit from Washington for Tomas Fleischmann, a 1st round pick in 2004, and a 4th round pick in 2006. Honestly, I'm not picking on George McPhee. The Capitals GM was put in a terrible position by his choking owner Ted Leonsis, and is now left with the job of sanitizing this mess. It's all about the now, and for the Red Wings, wow!

3. Steve Sullivan to Nashville from Chicago for two 2nd round picks (2004, 2005). The early results speak volumes in this deal as the Predators have responded favourably to a financial gamble by management.

2. Jiri Slegr to Boston from Vancouver for future considerations. Let's look at the numbers. 14 points in 19 games with the Bruins. Prorated that's a 60 point season and Slegr will have likely edged out Sergei Gonchar among high scoring rearguards.

Even with Vancouver Slegr's numbers were fine which means Canucks GM Brian Burke simply didn't wait long enough for a better deal. On the other hand, this deal shows how much class and respect Burke has for dealing a veteran, who deserved to be playing more, as quickly as he could. Either way, score a big one for the B's and Mike O'Connell.

1. Miikka Kiprusoff to Calgary from San Jose for a conditional draft pick in 2005 (either a 2nd or 3rd round selection). This is painful to say, for it will simply enlarge the ego of one William Watters. However, facts are facts, and stats are not for losers (at least that's what I keep telling myself). Imagine where the Flames might be (2nd, 4th, 5th?) in the conference if Miikka hadn't been hurt. A 1.53 goals against average, and .938 save percentage, not to mention a record 16-6-2. Could this be Hasek to Buffalo, from Chicago, for Beauregard and a 4th (Eric Daze), nearly a dozen years later?

There have been other good deals this year, many made out of necessity due to injuries. Flyers GM Bob Clarke should be applauded for his efforts regardless of how this season turns out for simply trying his best.

Tampa trigger-man Jay Feaster has built a solid outfit in the Southeast and should not be overlooked in the next 8 days.

Anyone dealing with the Rangers must not overpay.

Colorado and New Jersey will make significant moves.

And managers like John Ferguson, Bob Gainey, and Doug Wilson, all in Year One in their respective cities, have an interesting week ahead.

It can be easily argued that all have seen their teams exceed expectations to date. Will they stick with the ones who've brought them this far, or is the trade window wide open for serious add-ons? " _fcksavedurl=" leafstv http: index.php??>Leafs TV, you can watch Brian Duff hosting pre- and post-game shows for all the breaking news surrounding the Blue and White. March 1, 2004

(TORONTO) -- We're counting days now, not weeks, in anticipation of the Trade Deadline, and while many believe some of the biggest names have already moved (Bondra, Jagr, Lang, Burke), don't bet on things being quiet on and before March 9.

And while everyone else is playing the speculation game as to who might go where, let's analyze some of the done deals to date, and which teams are better or worse for making them.

Best Deals (or Steals) of the Year

Honourable Mentions:
Steve Konowalchuk and a 3rd round pick to Colorado from Washington for Bates Battaglia and Jonas Johansson. Ric Jackman to Pittsburgh from Toronto for Drake Berehowsky.

5. Peter Bondra to Ottawa from Washington for Brooks Laich and a 2nd round pick in 2005. Could a deal be any more lopsided in the short term? (See No. 4) Even if Laich has a lengthy and successful NHL career, the Senators simply did not need him. They remain one of the 5 youngest teams in the league, and when the draft comes to the Corel Centre in 2005, I'm betting most locals won't be fretting over the lost pick.

4. Robert Lang to Detroit from Washington for Tomas Fleischmann, a 1st round pick in 2004, and a 4th round pick in 2006. Honestly, I'm not picking on George McPhee. The Capitals GM was put in a terrible position by his choking owner Ted Leonsis, and is now left with the job of sanitizing this mess. It's all about the now, and for the Red Wings, wow!

3. Steve Sullivan to Nashville from Chicago for two 2nd round picks (2004, 2005). The early results speak volumes in this deal as the Predators have responded favourably to a financial gamble by management.

2. Jiri Slegr to Boston from Vancouver for future considerations. Let's look at the numbers. 14 points in 19 games with the Bruins. Prorated that's a 60 point season and Slegr will have likely edged out Sergei Gonchar among high scoring rearguards.

Even with Vancouver Slegr's numbers were fine which means Canucks GM Brian Burke simply didn't wait long enough for a better deal. On the other hand, this deal shows how much class and respect Burke has for dealing a veteran, who deserved to be playing more, as quickly as he could. Either way, score a big one for the B's and Mike O'Connell.

1. Miikka Kiprusoff to Calgary from San Jose for a conditional draft pick in 2005 (either a 2nd or 3rd round selection). This is painful to say, for it will simply enlarge the ego of one William Watters. However, facts are facts, and stats are not for losers (at least that's what I keep telling myself). Imagine where the Flames might be (2nd, 4th, 5th?) in the conference if Miikka hadn't been hurt. A 1.53 goals against average, and .938 save percentage, not to mention a record 16-6-2. Could this be Hasek to Buffalo, from Chicago, for Beauregard and a 4th (Eric Daze), nearly a dozen years later?

There have been other good deals this year, many made out of necessity due to injuries. Flyers GM Bob Clarke should be applauded for his efforts regardless of how this season turns out for simply trying his best.

Tampa trigger-man Jay Feaster has built a solid outfit in the Southeast and should not be overlooked in the next 8 days.

Anyone dealing with the Rangers must not overpay.

Colorado and New Jersey will make significant moves.

And managers like John Ferguson, Bob Gainey, and Doug Wilson, all in Year One in their respective cities, have an interesting week ahead.

It can be easily argued that all have seen their teams exceed expectations to date. Will they stick with the ones who've brought them this far, or is the trade window wide open for serious add-ons? "
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