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 10:25AM
TSN just a poor mans TMZ. Embarrassing.— Joffrey Lupul (@JLupul) March 2, 2015
The NHL trade deadline is a stressful time for NHL players, particularly players like Toronto Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul. Lupul has heard his name bandied about in trade rumours for months, and chatter is only expected to increase this afternoon.
March 02 2015 09:45AM
And now we wait.