Toronto Maple Leafs Make Two Blockbuster Trades In an Hour
The last place Toronto Maple Leafs and the struggling Calgary Flames completed what could be the biggest trade in the post-lockout hockey world, when they sent Dion Phaneuf, Fredric Sjostrom, and Keith Aulie to Toronto for Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers, and Ian White. As Pierre Maguire said during the NBC intermission report just minutes ago, this is a good deal for both teams; short term for Calgary and long term for Toronto.
It has been rumored for weeks that Calgary's franchise defenseman may be on the way out, and today the deal finally came true. Their struggling offense gets a boost in this deal as they land two more potential twenty goal scorers and the hard hitting defenseman Ian White. Toronto, meanwhile, bolsters their shoddy defense with the very physical Phaneuf, which adds to an equal caliber in Mike Komisarek, who has been battling a shoulder injury this season.
If that wasn't crazy enough, just a half hour later, the Leafs sent Jason Blake and Vesa Toskala to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for goaltending outcast J.S Gigeure. Toskala has been a sieve in his tenure with the Leafs, so getting rid of him (for anyone) was a very important move. Gigeure has not been as good as years ago, mainly because of him losing the starting job to Jonas Hiller, but perhaps a change of scenery and the confidence of being a number one again will make him play better.
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