February 15 2015 11:40AM
As you've probably already heard, the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators for a 2015 first round pick, prospect Brendan Leipsic and veteran forward Olli Jokinen.
While the trade deadline is still a couple weeks away, today's as good a day as any to make the first move in a "scorched earth" rebuild. And while it'd be irresponsible - nay, stupid - to discuss who won or who lost this trade this early, we certainly can discuss whether the Leafs got fair value back for their biggest trade deadline chip and, arguably, their second-biggest trade deadline chip.
February 15 2015 09:50AM
The Nashville Predators gambled on three undervalued centremen in free agency this summer: Derek Roy, Olli Jokinen and Mike Ribeiro. They struck gold with Ribeiro, and have since short sold on their other less, successful, short-term bets. David Poile, doing work.
On Sunday, the Predators sent Olli Jokinen's expiring contract to the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of the Mike Santorelli, Cody Franson deal. Jokinen, 36, is only part of the trade to make the math work and he was reportedly not at all pleased to be leaving a cup contender south of the Mason-Dixon line to join a dysfunctional, rebuilding team in the heart of the polar vortex:
Let's just say Olli Jokinen was less than thrilled to hear he had been traded to the Leafs.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 15, 2015
Perhaps the veteran pivot shouldn't worry to much, because it would appear that the Maple Leafs will look to flip him, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
Read on past the jump for more!
February 15 2015 08:55AM
The first tree has burned to the ground in the scorched earth rebuild, with news that the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators for Brendan Leipsic, Olli Jokinen, and Nashville's 2015 1st round draft pick.
February 15 2015 12:00AM
February 14 2015 08:52PM
So, here's my position on tanking; no matter how bad you're going to do, you're going to win a game or two. We've seen teams tank so hard that the league has considered stepping in and still win a handful of games. It happens; teams don't try as hard, bounces go your way, you know the deal. So naturally, I'm in favour of the Leafs losing a bunch but especially in favour of their rare wins coming against the Montreal Canadians. Because, you know, beating the Habs is better than being successful. If you lose, whatever, it's a big zero points and you move on to the next loss.
Of course, the Leafs found a way to screw that up tonight.