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Leafs standing Pat

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
by John McCauley

TORONTO - All is quiet on the Toronto Maple Leafs' trading front.

Leafs coach and GM Pat Quinn held on to all his players and draft picks Tuesday afternoon for two reasons, the price was too high and the talent was too low.

"We didn't feel it was absolutely necessary to do something today but we certainly made some calls to see what might be available. It's really a buyer's market out there today. At the end of the day we have our team and we're moving forward," Quinn told Leafs TV.

Toronto did acquire Tom Barrasso last Friday but it was expected that the Leafs were going to try and find a defenceman. Weighing the offers Quinn decided to stay with what he's got.
Pat Quinn kept his bench intact despite the trade deadline.

Some defencemen were moved as the afternoon came to a close. Darius Kasparaitis, considered the crown jewel of this year's crop, was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche. Jiri Slegr was peddled to the Detroit Red Wings while Lyle Odelein is Chicago bound.

The Leafs' Eastern Conference rivals shored up their lineups as well. The Philadelphia Flyers acquired Adam Oates for a goalie prospect and three picks in 2002. The New Jersey Devils even got in on the action picking up Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner for Jason Arnott, Randy McKay and a first-round pick this year.

Trades similar would have helped the Leafs but in order to get a deal done there has to be a need/want match between the teams.

"We didn't have a lot off our roster we had an interest in moving or certainly on our farm team," Quinn said. "We had some picks we were willing to trade but clearly there were other teams that were probably in a better position to make some of the deals that were made. The big names that were moved - Oates, Kasparaitis - we weren't even in the park."

The only move the Leafs did make was bringing Karel Pilar back up after sending him down on Saturday. Pilar will be in the lineup against the Islanders because Aki Berg is out with the flu.

"We like the way Karel Pilar has played in the last little while," Quinn said. "We felt that whoever we acquired, if we were going to, would have to be clearly a cut above Karel. We know Karel is inexperienced but we can deal with that as well."

Goalie Corey Schwab has been given his 10th straight start despite Barrasso's presence.

Quinn just didn't have a good feeling about any of the deals that he could have made and sometimes a little caution can pay just as much as throwing it to the wind.

"A lot of times at this juncture they're hope deals, you hope that something good happens from them," Quinn said.

With the pressure of the deadline now over the Leafs can concentrate on getting back to business. The thought of changing teams is often tough on players.

"It's a tough day and a lot of guys go home and wait for the deadline to go by," Mats Sundin said. "It's kind of a bad day for us."

For many Leafs the day just got a lot better.
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