Surprise! Toronto Makes No Trades on Deadline Day

Well, this was unexpected. Despite having a number of assets expected to move, the Maple Leafs failed to complete any sort of trade before the 3:00 pm deadline. That means pending free agent P.A. Parenteau and demoted defender Jared Cowen are still in Toronto.

It’s hard to believe that with Parenteau in particular that no deal could be consummated. It was a forgone conclusion that when Parenteau signed his one-year, $1.5M deal last offseason that he’d be moved to a contender at the deadline for an asset. Instead, he sticks around a little longer and I’d say there’s actually a decent chance he signs an extension at some point. 

Maybe Toronto’s reported asking price of a second-round pick was too high, though the New Jersey Devils got a second and fourth-round pick for Lee Stempniak from Boston and Anaheim traded a third-round pick to Buffalo for Jamie McGinn, so I’m not convinced that the Leafs’ demands were unreasonable. It’s certainly possible Toronto did receive some weak offers but decided against moving Parenteau in the end. After all, they still need bodies for the remainder of the season.

It might simply have more to do with the fact that there just weren’t a lot of buyers today. Boston, Colorado and Anaheim all made multiple moves, but most of the league stood pat and chose to retain their picks and prospects. 

That said, let’s not forget that Toronto did a massive amount of work this month to move out veterans and contracts and continue to load up the coffers with picks and prospects. Let’s break it down…

Toronto Traded: Dion Phaneuf, James Reimer, Roman Polak, Daniel Winnik, Shawn Matthias, Nick Spaling, Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Jeremy Morin, Ryan Rupert, Cody Donaghey and a 2016 fifth-round pick

Toronto Received: Brooks Laich, Jared Cowen, Colin Greening, Milan Michalek, Alex Stalock, Ben Smith, Raffi Torres, Connor Carrick, Tobias Lindberg, Colin Smith, a 2016 second-round pick, two 2017 second-round picks, a 2018 second-round pick, and 2016 fourth-round pick and a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick.

That’s a pretty significant haul, even without any deals today. Stalock, Ben Smith and Torres come off the books this coming offseason, while Laich, Greening, Michalek and Cowen will stick around for one more season (barring offseason deals or buyouts). Most importantly, Toronto added three prospects and five early to mid-round draft picks this month.

All in all, you have to be pretty happy with the Leafs and their front office, no?

  • TGT23

    Little disappointed but they did so much the three weeks leading up that I can’t really complain. Had to keep someone around to play when the kids go back to the AHL.

  • Jeremy Ian

    By my count it’s 4 second rounders and 2 fourth rounders, and gave up 1 fifth rounder. Plus those three prospects; Carrick looks to have some promise. Pretty damn good.

    Folks are whining because no deal on PAP. He’s injured enough to make any manager nervous. Besides, there’s more at stake than just whatever the Leafs might get back for PAP; management has to LOOK like they are not willing to climb down from their asking prices — so the next time around people respect them.

    Peaks and ends. There’s a theory that that’s what defines peoples’ memories. You can either remember the end (which was uneventful). Or the peak — which was the Polak deal. Go for the Polak deal and let’s watch what those two second rounders materialize into in the coming years.

  • CMpuck

    Typical boring do nothing deadline day. It’s always a let down the day of but big picture it’s been a great year.

    Santa did show today though but at looking forward to the 2017 Leafs preview tonight with Stamkos, Nylander and friends playing.

  • Gary Empey

    Leaping Lou might be 73 but he knew the recent trend has been to make deals before the trade deadlines. Which is exactly what he did. Some good second round picks, some players with a year left on contracts which the leafs can absorb and simply send out the door for draft picks next year.

    I would be interested to see if some super stats guy can ever recall a player giving a team in this case the leafs two draft picks in two years in a row. Way to go Winnick truly a class act.

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, we know the stats boys point out that not that many second rounders have a significant career in the N.H.L. which is similar to late round first picks. But you get enough of these picks and some of that jello will indeed stick to the wall.