March 02 2015 12:36PM
We were told this would happen, but it's still a little surprising.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Olli Jokinen to the St. Louis Blues for a late draft pick. We're still not exactly sure what the pick is, but TSN's Darren Dreger tells us it is a conditional one.
Leafs agree to trade Jokinen to Blues for a late pick that can improve based on Jokinen's performance.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 2, 2015
According to Johnston, the pick could become as high as a fourth round pick is the Blues reach the Stanley Cup Finals.
It looks like the veteran centre Joakim Lindstrom is heading to Toronto along with that conditional sixth-round draft pick. Lindstrom, a pending UFA, is 31-years old and has scored three goals and three assists this season in 34 games.
After being a point-per-game player in the SHL over the past four seasons (including a brief stint in Colorado where he wasn't PPG), Lindstrom again tried to make an impression in the NHL this season. This is likely a roster spot/cap consideration move, and Lindstrom probably doesn't fit into the Leafs' long term plans.
March 02 2015 11:39AM
That was fun while it lasted.
According to TSN's Darren Dreger, the Detroit Red Wings are no longer interested in acquiring Dion Phaneuf today, taking themselves out of consideration after acquiring Marek Zidlicky from the New Jersey Devils.
From the man himself:
That pretty much takes the Red Wings out of the mix in terms of showing any interest in Dion Phaneuf going forward... It's going quiet, and that's because the REd Wings have basically now pulled off. It was just a deal that was so difficult to manage in the magnitude of Phaneuf's remaining term and salary, how much the Toronto Maple Leafs would have to retain etc.. Toronto still believes that they have great flexibility in the offseason.
There's still an opportunity, I suppose, for the Maple Leafs to engage one of there other players... between now and 3pm Eastern, but the Red Wings are now out on Dion Phaneuf.
March 02 2015 10:56AM
Here's what we know when it comes to a potential Dion Phaneuf deal.
- Detroit and two unnamed Western Conference teams are at the very least interested in Phaneuf's services.
- The Red Wings appear to be the front runner, but want the Toronto Maple Leafs to retain as much as $2M of Phaneuf's salary for the remaining six years of the deal.
- As it stands right now, Detroit doesn't like the Leafs' high asking price.
Earlier, we saw that TSN and Sportsnet were putting out very different reports on the likelihood of Phaneuf being dealt today. Now, ESPN and TVA Sports is jumping into the conversation. More past the jump...
March 02 2015 08:44AM
We're getting conflicting reports from Sportsnet and TSN, but nonetheless, there's a lot of talk around the Toronto Maple Leafs' Dion Phaneuf.
Not long ago, Sportsnet's John Shannon reported that the Detroit Red Wings have no interest in Dion Phaneuf at this time, throwing a whole bunch of cold water on TSN's Darren Dreger's earlier reports that Detroit and two other teams had talked to the Leafs about their captain.
Wishful thinking from maple Leafs fans that Dion Phaneuf was going out of town. If the thought was that he's going to Detroit, he's not going to Detroit. There is at this point no way that Dion Phaneuf is going to be a Detroit Red Wing. It certainly looks like that right now.
Now, Dreger is back with an update, and he's not ready to concede. Apparently, Dion-to-Detroit is still very much a possibility. More after the jump!
March 01 2015 03:35PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to bounce back from an embarrassing 4-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens last night when they meet up with the Washington Capitals this evening. On the other hand, Toronto Maple Leafs fans will look for their favourite team to continue their losing ways, as they are so, so, so near the bottom of the standings, and looking ever more likely to secure a top-5 draft pick.