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It's reached the point where it's fair to wonder if anyone inside the Toronto Maple Leafs organization has any idea what they're doing.
On the second day of the draft, the Leafs dealt defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to the St. Louis Blues for defenseman Roman Polak, a worse blueliner by any objective measure of judging hockey players.
For good measure, the Leafs threw in a third-round pick. And according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, the Leafs retained $200,000 of Gunnarsson's salary in the deal. Gunnarsson has a $3.15 million cap hit for the next two years; Polak has a $2.75 million cap hit for the next three years, so by retaining salary, the cap hits wash each other out.
First, the fancy stats comparison.
Gunnarsson sees his fair share of tough matchups, and while his 40.1 percent raw Corsi and minus-4.0 percent Corsi relative isn't all that great, it's pretty darn good considering his quality of competition and 38.3 zone-start percentage.
Polak, meanwhile, led a sheltered existence with the Blues, yet had a minus-5.8 percent Corsi relative last season. He started eight percent more of his shifts in the offensive zone against weaker competition yet couldn't finish in the black (49.4 percent) in raw Corsi.
Despite that contrast in zone starts and quality of competition, Gunnarsson had 17 points in 80 games, while Polak had 13 points in 72 games.
Polak is 40 pounds heavier, so apparently this is the price for purchasing beef in Ontario.
For good measure, team president Brendan Shanahan offered one more kick to the groin by telling Rich Chere of The Star-Leger the team is interested in Martin Brodeur, a 42-year-old who has been perhaps the worst goaltender in the league the past two seasons.
All the best this season, Toronto.