NY Post: Bondra to NJ?
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01-29-2004, 03:56 PM
Join Date: Feb 2003
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Let's not forget about Toronto in this whole equation. It has been stated by Quinn in yesterday's Toronto Star that the past month has proven that the Leafs have enough depth to get by when injuries occur, so he believe's that Toronto may seek an impact player or 2 instead of depth players at the trade deadline. That being said Quinn is no longer the GM but you have to believe that he is still involved in the day to day activities surrounding the Leafs roster until Fergusson can prove that he can handle the job himself.
Gonchar is currently injured, it wouldn't surprise me at all if Washington holds off until he gets back and peddles him along with Bondra for the best possible deal. Rumored deal for Gonchar alone was Berg and Antropov. Add the a prospect like Bell, Hedin, Kondratiev or Harrison, plus a 3rd pick and it would be able to compete with many other teams around the league for their services.
Putting the Gonchar variable aside for now. I can definately see JFJ in the Bondra bidding in a defensive move from enabling NJ or Ottawa from getting him -- Bondra would be a devastating addition to either team - WOW!
If this report is true - and tsn is usually pretty good -- and that MacPhee is looking for a young defenseman/prospect and a pick, then Toronto is in a very strong position for the bidding. Toronto has some very good prospects and can easily improvide on the likes of Hnidy by offering Jackman. If the trade requires more, then there is Karel Pilar -- however, if Toronto is going to remove a player from their top 6 then the Bondra deal will not happen until a new top 6 defenseman is in the Leaf stable.
No way does Ottawa offer up Vermette. They'd be nuts.
And Friesen for Brindamour (with a groin injury -- which is always cronic until the summer to heal, and $4 million a year?) Nice try Rutherford.
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