February 26 2015 07:00AM
Draft picks and prospects are a tricky target at trade deadline deals. There's always rumors flying around, and it's never really clear exactly who's on the market and how much they'll garner. Often seen as a "throw-in" to a deal, the right pick or a properly developed prospect can make ultimately a major impact on an NHL roster.
For example, Jake Gardiner was mostly an afterthought in the Lupul-Beauchemin trade, but is now one of the key players on the Leafs moving forward.
February 25 2015 08:42PM
Phil might want to start looking for a new roommate.
It looks as if the Leafs aren't quite done working the phones yet. Toronto has already shipped out their three most obvious trade pieces in Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik. And while we've heard some rumblings about the possibility of Roman Polak and Joffrey Lupul being dealt as well, TSN's Bob McKenzie is saying that the New York Rangers could be interested in acquiring Tyler Bozak.
NY Rangers have interest in Tyler Bozak, per @TSNBobMcKenzie . He said it won't be an easy deal to work out.— Neil Greenberg (@ngreenberg) February 26, 2015
The above tweet from the Washington Post's Neil Greenberg is just about the best we can do right now. McKenzie's remarks were aired on NBCSN's NHL Live, and it doesn't look like a clip is available yet. We will update this post if one does surface.
February 25 2015 04:43PM
I don't know who's calling the shots In Toronto these days, but whoever it is should keep up the good work.
As you probably already know, the Leafs traded Daniel Winnik to the Pittsburgh Penguins this afternoon in exchange for a 2016 second round pick, a 2015 fourth round pick, and depth forward Zach Sill. In relation to what other second line/third line tweeners have gotten recently, that's a pretty good haul.
February 25 2015 01:46PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs have now cleared the decks of their high-profile rental players. Are bigger moves now in the offing?
On Wednesday, the Maple Leafs dealt useful depth forward Daniel Winnik - signed as an unrestricted free agent this summer - to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In return the Maple Leafs have reportedly added a second-round pick in 2016, a fourth-round pick in 2015, and farmhand forward Zach Sill, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. The deal has now been officially confirmed by the club.
February 25 2015 01:22PM
Any time you can make thousands of young children happy, you're having a good day. So naturally, the Toronto Marlies were looking to make the School Day crowd of over 7000 one that cheered more than booed in their game against the Charlotte Checkers this morning. Of course, there were other reasons for that as well; standings implications and personal pride obviously play a factor. Thankfully for the blue and white, they delivered on all of these, winning 4-1 over the Charlotte Checkers.