New York Islanders - Toronto Maple Leafs
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02-21-2011, 12:56 AM
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Relatively sensible trade.... Isles get an underperforming defenceman that is capable of being much better than Eaton ever can/could be, a hometown guy (helps sell tickets), and a defenceman that would be a very good fit playing alongside Mark Streit for the forseeable future, and actually give the Isles a decent top pair.
It's much better to take on a guy like Komisarek (where his average cap salary over the next 3 years is only $4.1m), versus having to overpay a UFA to sign in New York.
Toronto gets a defenceman with only 1 year left (the amount of time that one of Blacker/Gardiner should need in the AHL) who they don't have to worry about destroying more value by making him a healthy scratch if a young guy performs. Plus, they get a useful 3rd line winger.
Obviously that creates a bit of a logjam on the wing (specifically on the right side), but a logjam with an excess $2m player is problably better than a logjam with an excess $4.5m player.
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