Geting Stajan give the Flames great depth down the middle since it's not clear what line Stajan, Langkow and Jokinen belong on. Calgary lost a lot of scoring in the offseason and they thought they would be OK with JBow but JBow is not a scoring machine on D-he never has been. Seems like Calgary fixed an issue with their team while Toronto added a big gun on D which is how Burke built Anaheim (obviously Dion is not as good as Niedermayer or Pronger). Toronto also had problems in net and Burke is trying to solve that with the most sensitive man in pro sports JS Giguere. I can't imagine he'll like the media in Toronto after playing in Anaheim for so long. If you have a bad game in Anaheim you can go home, turn on the TV and not hear a peep since nobody cares about hockey. In Toronto when you have a bad game they'll go over it 400 times on every channel and then the 100 reporters will ask you about it when you get to the rink for practice. BUT, when you lose that much scoring and Jason Blake I don't know who is going to score goals in Toronto. Now I expect Burke to move Kaberle for a scorer who plays his style of play.
Tor fans are busting a big one saying they took both CAL and ANA too the shed. Yet they gave up arguably their best defensmen and forward(this season atleast) and they take on two under performing "Superstars". And yet they still have the worst forward group in the league.
My head is spinning. There is so much to analyze. From the Kings' perspective, Calgary just lost 1 of the 2 players that was its identity but received above average forwards and therefore depth on scoring. It seems scoring by committee is what they are going forward - maybe they have watched our Kings.
Regarding Burke, I suppose this was his version of clearing the table and starting over.
My disdain for Phaneuf as an overrated hack won't go away but perhaps seeing him a lot less now will turn some of that into apathy.
A report came out yesterday that Burke was going to make some major changes. This sure changes their roster this season, but they still have some cap issues. I could see Cal now getting into the Kovalchuk sweepstakes if they want to make a run This year. They were supposed to be much better than they are.
Toronto doesn't have many picks this yr and could see them moving Poni for a 2nd, which wouldn't be a bad thing for LA to consider since they have 2. Good to see Burke stirring it up again.
I actually think the acquisition of Stajan and Hagman IS calgary's Kovy move.
I really can't see calgary making any more blockbuster move(s) after this one.
Absolutely insane deals. Even though they are all laughing at Anaheim over Giggy, I think the Ducks got away with a good package for him.
As for the Phaneuf debacle, I think Toronto has destroyed whatever scoring they had left... I don't really see how this team is supposed to compete . Only time will tell, but Burke now has very few assets to rebuild on, no picks, and top salary... Just seems like a mess.
"It has not been a good day. I lost my glasses early this morning and I had to go buy a pair of 79 dollar reading glasses today. 79 bucks. You can literally get them at Costco, three-for-20." - Darryl Sutter's response to going up 2-0 in the series.
This is a mess...Toronto just traded there best D man in White and there best forward in Hagman....And they added 14 million in salary in 2 players and didn't recoup one draft pick back from the Kessell deal.
Toronto was one of the worst teams in the league as it was with Toskala, Blake, Hagman, White, Mayers, Stajan. How much worse can they get? I don't think Burke is done. He has something planned beyond this deadline and at the draft. He is probably going to be a major player come July 1.
Burke is playing NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2007 right now... The only difference is, if you get beat bad, you can't exit out and play the game again.
I mean, yes, Phaneuf is overrated a bit right now, but he is a really good offensive defenceman and plays a Burke-style game; however, Toronto is trading their 2 most potent threats up front, their best overall defenseman, and more; all the while, gaining ridiculous salary in the process. They can't move, they can't re-sign, they have little to trade and they have no first round picks to at least fall back on and grab potential elite players from the draft as payment for their disaster of a future unfolds...
They are in their corner and have to fight out of it with what they have.
These moves make no sense with what he did with Kessel. If he had not done that deal I would have agreed with it. It would have given them a guaranteed lottery pick the next 2 years and a solid blueline to build off of with The Monster in net.
The Leafs have six contracts coming off the books next season. Stempniak ($2.5M), Ponikarovsky ($2M+), Primeau ($1.4M), Wallin ($800K), Mike Van Ryn ($2.9M) and Exelby ($1.3M+). I would guess that Burke will end up trading most of those names should there be any interest in them.
Heading into 2010-11, they have 14 players signed to a cap hit of $47M+. They have 6-9 roster spots available, most likely to be filled by players from within their system. I think the Leafs will go after a center this summer and have room to sign a couple of players. Burke will stick players in the minors or buy some contracts out.