July 04 2011 03:14PM
The trade that sent Brett Lebda to the Nashville Predators is an intriguing one for two reasons, and the strategy behind the deal for both teams is one that we may see more often as rich teams attempt to maximize their spending money and lesser teams attempt to maximize the value they get from their players.
Pension Plan Puppets
July 03 2011 10:16PM
Use in case of callow centremen
After a quiet July first in which the only development was that the Leafs managed to present to Brad Richards and that Steve Simmons continued to display his idiocy, the buds signed former Buffalo Sabre Tim Connolly to a two-year $9.5M deal. Ultimately, as Dave Nonis noted on a radio interview, the Leafs had a list of targets along with limits that they were comfortable with in terms of length of the contract and the dollar figures involved. As anyone that followed the insanity saw pretty quickly, those limits were presumably met early and often but it was not entirely a bad thing.
Of course, this deal is not without some controversy. There are a couple of common complaints about the deal which I'll break down after the jump.
July 03 2011 04:29PM
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July 03 2011 10:32AM
Twitter reports are trickling in saying the Leafs have traded Brett Lebad and Robert Slaney for Matthew Lombardi and Cody Franson. The fact that the dreadful Brett Lebda is gone is a boon in itself, but Burke also managed to snag a very useful young defender in Franson as well.
July 01 2011 09:11PM
Free agency is a time generally reserved for welcoming new players into the fold, as the Oilers and Canucks did, or for being excited about the possibility of signing a true difference maker, as fans of the Flames and Leafs can be tonight.
Still, it’s also a time for departure, and each of the four cities in the Nation Network lost at least one player to another team today.