Toronto Maple Leafs Swing Deal With St. Louis Blues

G MONContributor INovember 24, 2008

Earlier today, the Toronto Maple Leafs sent forward Alex Steen and defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo to St. Louis, in exchange for forward Lee Stempniak.

This comes as a surprise to most Leaf fans since the club is currently negotiating with Brian Burke to fill the GM spot. Looks like Cliff Fletcher wanted to make one more move before he steped down.  

Stempniak was drafted by St. Louis in 2003 as the 5th round pick, and 148th overall. The Buffalo native registered 52 points and 27 goals in 06'-07' and has shown great potential. So far this season, he has 13 points in 14 games and is red hot, registering 11 points in his last seven games.

On the other end, the Maple Leafs show us once again how bad they have been at drafting the last dozen years. They trade Alex Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo, two former first round draft picks. Steen was drafted 24th overall in 03' and Colaiacovo 17th overall in 01'.

Both players never lived up to expectations, as Carlo has never played a full NHL season due to injuries. In fact, the most games he has ever recorded in one season was 48 in 06'-07.' Steen had his best year in 05'-06,' when he recorded 18 goals.

Since then, he has not done much.

Since Cliff Fletcher has taken over, 11 players from last season's roster have been shipped out.