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Sport Chek Deadline Day 2015 Journal

by Chris Lund / Toronto Maple Leafs

It's Deadline Day around the NHL today as teams look to shore up their roster for a playoff push or prepare a blank slate for the offseason. With plenty of movement taking place well before March 2, the amount of activity remains to be seen. Follow along as we keep track of the League and Maple Leafs' activity today.

5:40 PM: Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis spoke with the media following Monday’s trade deadline. Here’s what he had to say…

Opening Remarks:
First of all, thanks for coming. It was a long day but I’m glad it’s over with and we can move on to the remaining games in our schedule. I’ll open it up for questions.

Do you feel you did everything you needed to do?
We did as much as we could. You always hope for more, we hoped there were a couple of other things we could have got done but we’re pretty confident and happy with what we did get accomplished over the last two weeks, no question.

Was the value available for the other things you wanted to do?
No, we looked at other situations but no, there weren’t other fits short or long term that made sense to us. Today we made some smaller adjustments and coupled with what we’ve done over the last couple of weeks we’re happy with what we’ve done. Now we have to focus on the future.

Were there deals discussed today that could be revisited in the summer?
I think maybe a little bit in certain situations. You get a glimpse into what other teams are thinking in terms of their own situations and what they may be looking at going forward. I think that a lot of deals that do get done over time, the genesis of those deals isn’t necessarily a week away, it may have been a year prior or six months prior. There may be more opportunity for us going forward based on some of the discussions we’ve had over the past couple of weeks. That remains to be seen. We’ll see how that plays out.

Were there inquiries on some of the team’s bigger contracts?
I’m not going to get into individual people. Our position hasn’t changed. We’re looking to build this team into a contender and we’ll make deals with our current players based on accomplishing that goal. Today there weren’t deals that were there for any of our players that made sense in terms of moving this organization forward so we didn’t do anything. That could change come the summer and that could be something that’s worked on in the next year.

Would there be more value in the summer for bigger contract players?
Well, I think bigger contracts generally move in the offseason. That’s the way it is now and that’s the way of the cap era. Again, we’re going to move players based on the ability to make our team better. It’s not a fire sale, there’s not a date, we didn’t go out and try to move a bunch of people today. All we did was say we were open for business and see if there were fits to make us better. To me the big distinction is between trying to move somebody and willing to move somebody. We’re in a spot now where we’re willing to look at options but we’re not trying to push people out.

Do you think there will be some relief with the current group post-deadline?
I think that’s generally the case after the deadline. I think, regardless of where you are in the standings, for players that are on teams that are contending that don’t get moved and are still with those teams I there’s a sense of relief. In our situation players are looking to see if their lives are going to be turned upside down a little bit. There’s family issues, there’s playing issues and after you get past the deadline there usually is a sense of relief regardless of where you are in the standings.

What will be your message to the team for the rest of the season?
I’ll leave that for my conversation with the team.

Can you change the complexion of a team without moving out all of the core pieces?
There’s no question. The notion that the players we have here aren’t quality players or aren’t players that are wanted by other teams is nonsense. I know from the number of calls I’ve had and discussions with other teams that only lives in print and on radio and television. It’s not in the NHL and it’s not with other clubs. Could we see a number of these players back? There’s no question. Would we move some of them if we get better and we accomplish some of our goals moving forward? Yes. Again, it’s not a situation where everyone has to go and there’s not a timeframe or a date that things have to be completed by.

Did you have a chance to speak to Jokinen?
Yes, he’s happy. Olli, I promised him when he traded for him that I’d try to find a spot for him on a contending team. We asked him to come here and play as hard as he could and put him in a spot where teams would look at him favourably and he did that. I think he’s excited to have a chance to play and have a chance to win a Cup. It’s a very good team he went to.

Were there any concerns with Holzer after last night’s game?
I’m not talking about any deals that aren’t completed yet. I’m happy to talk about Olli or anything prior but that’s it.
(Note: Holzer’s trade to Anaheim has since been completed)

What do you expect from the team for the final 19 games?
A couple of things: You want your young players to grow and continue to be put in situations where they can improve and you want your veteran players to take this seriously. We have 19 games to play. We need to compete in all of those and the record is going to be what it is but we want them to play as hard as they can regardless of the situation we put them in. We may ask our veterans to do some things they’re not used to doing or play with people they haven’t played with regularly. It may be a different stretch run for some of them but we want them to act professionally and finish the season as professionals.

Do draft lottery odds impact your moves going forward?
No, we’re going to finish where we finish. We wouldn’t have made moves today if we didn’t think it would help us in terms of our long term health. Where we finish this year and where we are at the end and where we are going to be picking, whatever happens is going to happen and we’re going to be prepared for that.

5:30 PM: The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired Eric Brewer and a 2016 fifth round pick from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Korbinian Holzer.

The official release...

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Monday that the hockey club has acquired defenceman Eric Brewer and a fifth round draft pick in 2016 from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenceman Korbinian Holzer.

Brewer, 35, has registered one goal and one assist in nine games with the Ducks this season after arriving in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on November 28, 2014. In 991 career NHL games, the Vernon, British Columbia native has recorded 266 points (75 goals and 191 assists) and 780 penalty minutes.  Brewer was originally selected by the New York Islanders with the fifth overall selection in the  1997 NHL Entry Draft.

The Maple Leafs return to the ice tomorrow night when they travel to Florida for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Panthers.

4:00 PM: The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired Joakim Lindstrom and a conditional 2016 sixth round draft pick from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Olli Jokinen.

The official release...

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Monday that the club has acquired forward Joakim Lindstrom and a conditional sixth round draft pick (2016) from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Olli Jokinen.

Lindstrom, 31, has skated in 34 regular season games with the Blues this season, collecting six points (three goals, three assists) and eight penalty minutes. The Skelleftea, Sweden native has registered 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists) in 131 career NHL regular season games with Columbus, Arizona, Colorado and St. Louis.

The Maple Leafs return to the ice tomorrow night when they travel to Florida for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Panthers.

3:30 PM: A look at some post-deadline deals...

- Torrey Mitchell has been traded to the Montreal Canadiens from the Buffalo Sabres
- The Sabres sent Chris Steward to Minnesota for a second round pick in 2017
- Simon Despres was sent from Pittsburgh to Anaheim in exchange for Ben Lovejoy
- The Calgary Flames traded Sven Baertschi to the Vancouver Canucks for a second round pick
- The Colorado Avalanche have traded Max Talbot to Boston for Jordan Caron
- James Wisniewski and a third round pick are headed from Columbus to Anaheim for prospect William Karlsson, Rene Bourque and a second round pick

3:00 PM: The deadline has passed but trades are still trickling in.

2:20 PM: The New York Islanders have shipped David Leggio - goaltender famous for knocking a net off its moorings on a 2-on-0 - to the Arizona Coyotes. Defenceman Mark Louis is headed to the Islanders.

2:15 PM: The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded Jordan Leopold to Minnesota for Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick.

2:10 PM: The Vancouver Canucks have traded Dustin Jeffrey to the New York Islanders in exchange for Cory Conacher in a swap of minor leaguers.

1:40 PM: The Sabres have traded Michal Neuvirth to the New York Islanders for Chad Johnson and a third round draft pick.

1:32 PM: The Penguins have traded Robert Bortuzzo and a seventh round pick to St. Louis in exchange for Ian Cole.

1:30 PM: The San Jose Sharks have sent Freddie Hamilton to Colorado for Karl Stollery in a minor league swap.

1:20 PM: Tyler Kennedy is headed from the San Jose Sharks to the New York Islanders in exchange for a conditional third round pick.

1:05 PM: The New Jersey Devils are sending Marek Zidlicky to Detroit in exchange for a conditional third round draft pick.

1:00 PM: The San Jose Sharks have traded Andrew Desjardins to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Ben Smith.

10:55 AM: Zbynek Michalek has been traded from the Arizona Coyotes with a conditional pick to the St. Louis Blues. Maxim Letunov heads the other way in exchange for Michalek.

10:30 AM: The Buffalo Sabres have sent Brian Flynn to the Montreal Canadiens for a fifth round selection.

9:30 AM: There has been some overnight and early morning trade action in the NHL today...

- The Montreal Canadiens have acquired Jeff Petry from the Edmonton Oilers for a pair of draft picks.

- The Boston Bruins acquired Brett Connolly from Tampa Bay for a pair of second round picks.

- The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired Braydon Coburn for Radko Gudas for a first and third round pick.

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