Turning Over a New Leaf

With the trade deadline just a week away its easy to say that the Maple Leafs have been the most active team before the deadline.

The Leafs had multiple assets that they could trade away and they spent no time in doing so.

Here’s a look at how busy the Leafs have been over the past 10 days:

February 9th: Francois Beauchemin was sent packing to his former team, the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Joffrey Lupul, Jake Gardiner, and a 4th round pick in 2013. The Leafs acquired the bloated contract that is Joffrey Lupul but he has been providing a spark for the team as he has three points in his first four games in a Leafs uniform.

February 14th: The next to go was forward Kris Versteeg, who never really found his way in Toronto after an off-season trade from the Blackhawks. Versteeg was traded to the Flyers for a 1st round pick and a 3rd round pick in this year’s upcoming draft. The Leafs were able to free up a little over $3 million off of their salary cap and the Flyers acquired yet another scoring threat giving them the best scoring depth in the NHL

February 15th: The next deal was a small one as the Leafs acquired Aaron Voros from the Anaheim Ducks for a 7th round pick. Brian Burke loves to have tough guys in the lineup and Voros will help Colton Orr rest his fists every once in a while as Voros can fight, not well, but he can fight.

Just as a side note the Leafs have a tendency to acquire ex-Ranger fourth liners. Colton Orr, Fredrik Sjostrom, Aaron Voros, and Ryan Hollweg, who is no longer with the team.

February 18th: The most recent trade, and most noteworthy, is Tomas Kaberle being traded to the Boston Bruins for Joe Colborne, a 1st round pick this year, and a conditional 2nd round pick which the Leafs would receive if the Boston were to either re-sign Kaberle or if they make the Stanley Cup Finals. Kaberle has been part of the Leafs for the last 12 years and it was a sad moment for him to leave the team that drafted him but after years of speculation Kaberle has finally moved on.

There was also a report from the Toronto Sun that a Leaf’s scout said that Phil Kessel’s name was being dangled in trade talks. Burke immediately denied the claims and it wouldn’t make much sense for the Leafs to move him since they paid a hefty price to acquire him in the first place.

Additions:
Joffrey Lupul
Jake Gardiner
4th round pick (2013)
1st round pick (2011)
3rd round pick (2011)
Aaron Voros
Joe Colborne
1st round pick (2011)
Conditional 2nd round pick (2011)

Subtractions:
Francois Beauchemin
Kris Versteeg
Conditional 7th round pick
Tomas Kaberle

There’s no doubt that the Leafs have been busy and with nine potential new assets added to the organization, you can see that they are building toward their future. What else is in store for the Leafs? No one knows for sure but with Brian Burke in control there will be no shortage of speculation from the fans and media on what his next move will be.

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