Just got a tip that the Stralman-Primeau swap is the tip of the iceberg to something larger happening in Toronto. Being told to keep an eye on the Blue Jackets. Brassard and Klesla are two names that have been bandied about.
There has been a lot of talk surrounding Columbus, Vancouver and St. Louis during the past week. The suspicion is that today’s Stralman trade was a necessary move to facilitate another, larger move with one of the three aforementioned teams.
Apparently, if the Leafs carried Strallman this year, in order to have sent him to the marlies he would've had to clear waivers. Which means we would've lost him for nothing if we wanted to send him down. This deal makes a little more sense now. Burke knew he wasn't going to carry him up with club, so he got something for him.