With the Leafs’ mega-move (Dion Phaneuf) behind them and last night’s game falling under the category of “the less said, the better”, I’m going to use the quick hits approach to share some thoughts on Leafs-Carolina and the NHL trade deadline.
About Last Night
- After Carolina’s fifth goal last night, J.S. Giguere appeared to motion over to the Leafs’ bench as if he wanted to get pulled. Head coach Ron Wilson did not comply with his apparent request, meaning he was either sending a message or had simply tuned out at that point like most in attendance.
- Where was the Phil Kessel-Tyler Bozak combo that showed promise before the Olympic break? Both men were -3 on the day and combined for only four shots on goal.
- Speaking of poor performances derailing strong recent showings, Luke Schenn was -3 and got caught trailing the play on several other occasions.
- I suppose the Leafs deserve some credit for staying out of the box (just one penalty in the game), but they might have had more if they had actually, you know, tried to stop the Hurricanes.
- Cam who? ‘Canes goalie Justin Peters, a local boy from Blyth, ON who got a nice ovation when he was named the game’s first star, is now 3-0 in three career NHL games.
- Best-named linesman in the NHL: Pierre Champoux.
Leafs at the Deadline
- Seems everyone’s happy in the Alex Ponikarovsky trade, with Poni winding up a key part of the defending Stanley Cup champs, Luca Caputi playing for the team he idolized growing up, and Martin Skoula ultimately joining the New Jersey Devils. Look for Caputi, a 21-year old power forward, to get a shot with the club in the final quarter of the season.
- Lee Stempniak goes to the Coyotes for picks (a 4th- and a 7th-rounder), as the Leafs cut ties with a free-agent-to-be who simply wasn’t in the team’s plans moving forward. Still hurts that two middling draft picks are all the club has to show for what was originally Alex Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo, though.
- Joey MacDonald gets dealt to Anaheim, who seem to be in the midst of a bizarre back-up goaltender shake-up. Leafs get a 2011 seventh-rounder and make Marlies starter James Reimer third on the team’s depth chart.
- Toronto picks up defensive prospect Chris Peluso from the Pens for a sixth-rounder. Peluso, an undersized (5’11) puck-moving d-man, is currently playing college hockey in the States and may or may not ever find his way to the NHL. In typical Burke fashion, he has a feistiness akin to his uncle, former NHL enforcer Mike Peluso.
- Other ex-Leafs to get moved on deadline day: Justin Pogge (Carolina), Kris Newbury (NYR), Mathieu Schneider (Phoenix), Vesa Toskala (Calgary aka Toronto West) and Fredrik Modin (Los Angeles).
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