Deal with the Devils; Leafs send Lombardi to New Jersey
Toronto began moving forward with reshaping it's roster last night, agreeing to a late night trade that has sent speedy centre Matthew Lombardi to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for New Jersey's 3rd round selection in the upcoming entry draft, as well as the Leafs 4th round selection previously acquired for Dave Steckel.
"Matthew is a solid young player, but we wanted to get into the 3rd and 4th rounds in the upcoming draft and we feel we've done that now. We're happy with this move." Leafs GM TribalPhoenix stated in a release this morning.
"Given the moves we plan on making this off-season, this was a deal that needed to be made as Matthew will get a change to prove he's an impact player in the NHL. We wish him well in New Jersey."
We're looking at loosing a few key Bottom 6 forwards to FA right now, and we felt that Matthew Lombardi fills a hole in our line-up, as well as bring phenomenal speed and some scoring to our squad. Two mid-picks is a small price for us to pay at this point.
Quite a few inquiries on Kovalchuk and Parise's rights with young, ready to perform NHL goaltenders. We're taking our time with this, and more offers are welcome. Also, One of Andy Greene and Henrik Tallinder are on the Block.
The Rangers have quite a bit of interest in both Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky. PM if you are interested. From the look of it, both players will be moved in the next day or so. Looking for a fair return in terms of young talent for both.
I want to preface this by saying if RR or IR4 decide that this is not going to happen, then I will immediately pull him off the market, but after getting some very high quality offers for Staal, Im interested in seeing what I can get for Geno.
My asking price for Staal, as those who have asked, is a package of a top 6 RW, a 1st round pick and a prospect. For Malkin, id be looking for the following:
2-3 NHL ready players (1 must be a Top 6 RW or legit NHL'er)
1-2 2012 1st round picks
Were talking about one of the 5 best players in the game here, so I will NOT be low-balled. if there are no quality offers, hell come off the market. It will be a 4 hour process.
Problem is I've already got one on the books. If someone had a more expensive one theyd like to swap, in order to free up space, I'd be game. Or if someone were unhappy with their back up that still had a year left, maybe we could trade. That kind of thing.
All of it is Dave Tippett's fault. He's the worst.