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Ulmer's Deadline Day Blog: Part 1

by Mike Ulmer / Toronto Maple Leafs
9:26

Submit your questions now and I'll be online at 10 a.m. to start the chat!
9:41
Good Morning Leafs Fans.
Trade deadline day is here. It's a bit like Christmas, assuming you wake up figuring to get everything you want and go to bed disappointed.

This will be a day-long blog and all questions are welcome. If you have any questions for our experts Marc Moro and Bob McGill, I will pass them along. We will also be passing questions to Brian Burke after 3 p.m. so who knows, he might answer yours.
There will be a ton of questions today and all are welcome but I have a couple of provisos.
Number one: Sometimes by the time I answer one question I have six or seven waiting for me. It might take a while to get to your question. When I get asked about this, I will simply answer with Number one.
Number two: I answer the same question twice. After that, I refer back to earlier in the blog. That is called Number two.
Other than that, lessez les bon temps roulez.
9:42
[Comment From Brad piker]
is N.Antropov or D.Moore be traded to pittsburgh
9:43
Doubt they will go to the same team although it would make for an interesting package. We will see.
9:44
[Comment From Noah Bérard]
why not kaberle for pronger
9:44
Why not buy Google for $1.25?
9:45
[Comment From theB.F.G.]
Hey Mike, Just want to start by saying I love your blogs/articles. I happened to notice that a couple of players were put on waivers yesterday, but specifically Brendan Morrison. I've noticed that Burke likes bringing in guys he's had before for example Brad May. He had Morrison as a player for both his former teams. Do you think Burke will pick up Morrison of waivers?
9:49
Nice player with, as you say,lots of background with Burke. Maybe in the short term to replace Moore and Antropov but the idea is to develop young players. Look at what Mitchell did last night in Moore and Antropov's absence.
9:50
[Comment From Serena]
Do you think that Burke's obvious hate of no-trade clauses will discourage some star players from signing with the Leafs?
9:51
Hey, Serena, nice to hear from you.
No. I think you can set your parameters when you have a desirable location. The Leafs aren't the only franchise in the NHL worth playing for, far from it, but they are a nice location, especially for an Ontario kid.
9:51
[Comment From Nik Antropov]
I wanna get out of toronto
9:52
Nik, I know. This will all be over soon. I need to tell you that there are a lot of very important questions so you need to stop writing. No players.
9:55

You know, I hear the same things you do, Eastern Conference team, maybe Boston, Jersey, Florida, Philadelphia, Pitt, Montreal.
9:56
[Comment From Andrew Miranda]
TORONTO BETTER GET SOMETHING DECENT AT THIS TRADE DEADLINE
9:57
Andy: Yeah, I think that is a common sentiment but look, you don't go from a C team to a B team at the dealine. You might go from a -D to a C-, max. It's a process, man. The draft wil be important. So will the summer with two defencemen coming off their no-trade.
9:58
[Comment From Vince]
hi mike...is burke serious about a first rounder for antropov?? similar to moore i think burkie is asking too much for him!
9:59
Well, my friend Pierre on TSN thinks a first-rounder is ridiculous. I'm not sure, this guy is the number two scorer on the Leafs, he's big and I don't think he will be that expensive to resign.
10:00
[Comment From Chappers67]
Trade Deadline Day's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.
10:00
Chappers 67. Like that. Did you write that yourself.
10:01
[Comment From theB.F.G.]
Speaking of John Mitchell, Do you see him developing into a top 6 player, or will he be destined to stay a third line centerman?
10:05
[Comment From Pauly Walnuts]
Kaberle not on the benc for the third last night. Reports were that he was injured but he seemed "A-okay" on his last shift. Has he been traded "behind closed doors"? or would we have found that out by now?
10:06
Such an interesting story. There is suspicion that there is more to it than that but for now it seems like an interesting co-incidence.
10:07
[Comment From Guest]
Hey Mike, Is there a defenceman on the leafs that you think is most likely to be traded? What about VanRyn? Nobody has mentioned him lately.
10:11
Hey, Guest. Welcome.
I like Van Ryn a lot. I think he is under the radar because of his injuries this season. Too bad because he's done an awful lot to establish some value. I think this speaks to the ability of the coaching staff, by the way. Consider the players who have advanced appreciably under Ron Wilson. Van Ryn is having a fine season. So are Moore, Jason Blake, Matt Stajan and Ian White.
10:12
[Comment From Tony (from Holland)]
Well here it is then: Why would Burke wanna move Moore? Is it because he's playing well right now he thinks he can get good assets for him? I mean, he has been playing well, he's got some chemistry with Blake (who's finally found some scoring touch again) and he wants to stay in TO. So wouldn't he be more of an asset himself than what Burke can get in return for him? Or is there some other reason?
10:16
Tony. From Holland. Nice. Welcome.
I think it's strictly a business move. There was plenty of opportunity for Moore and to his credit he capitalized. Burke doesn't think he is worth the money he is asking. Remember, Burke inherited some salary situations, the money being paid for Lee Stempniak is a good example. Naturally, Moore thinks he is worth more. Burke is esteablishing a new pay scale.
10:16
[Comment From Peter]
Moore for Shremp from the Oilers
10:19
Maybe. Schremp has great skill but boy he looks to me like a guy with Jason Bonsignore disease.
10:20
[Comment From theB.F.G.]
Mike, from reading your blogs I know you'd like to pick up Jay Bouwmeester. If you were GM. Would you trade for him now and hope to sign him? If so what would you give for him. Or would you wait for july 1st when he hits the market?
10:22
Biggy Smalls.
I would wait. There is no point in bringing him here now. If given a choice, you want to win next year, not this year.
10:22
[Comment From Jase]
Hi mike, i'm a massive leafs fan and live in england, do you think we could get anything for ponikarovsky?
10:26
Hey, welcome. You are our second international today.

There hasn't been that much talk about Ponikarovski. Antropov and Moore are the big candidates but you know, Poni is a skilled big guy who sometimes plays small. He could help. He makes $2.2 million so is affordable.
10:31
[Comment From arnst17]
any idea if we're close to resigning Moore?
10:32
It looks dark. I'd say 80-20 against.
10:34
A thought. There had been some speculation that Columbus would be the destination for Antropov. Where does that leave the Leafs.
10:34
Brian Burke just said that negotiations were dead for Moore. "My sense is that we are going to move him." he said.
10:35
[Comment From LeaFreakMikey]
HI it's Mike or some of you know me by the name LeafFreakMikey from Leafspace.. It doen't appear like there wiill be toio much movement today by any team.
10:36
We'll see. Twenty-five trades the last two years. One, the Ottawa deal, so far. Burke just said that he thinks there will be a similar number.
10:38
[Comment From Jeremy]
I am lovin Burke's interview!
10:38
[Comment From dave]
he almost swore on tsn that would have been funny
10:38
[Comment From Mark (from Ottawa)]
Hey Mike, With Schenn already making 3 million $, how much money do you think the Leafs willl have to give him when this contract expires to keep him? And do you think Tlusty can become a top six player on the Leafs?
10:41
Well. Shenn makes $825,000 a season, not $3 million. Well, I think if Tlusty becomes a top-six forward it wil be after another full season with the Marlies. They are going to take their time with him.
10:43
[Comment From tommyguard3]
Do questions come up right away when you ask them or only as they're answered? I asked one a couple minutes ago and don't see it.
10:43
Tommy. Go to the top of the blog. Look for answer number one.
10:44
[Comment From carlo]
my cuz lives in washington,leafs are going to trade Lee Stempniak to washington for a draft pick ,what do you think ? thanks carlo .
10:46
Well, Carlo. Stempniak has a dozen goals and is taking a regular shift. Moore can be credited with bringing Jason Blake back from the abyss. Whose career has Lee jumpstarted?
10:47
[Comment From carlo]
sorry thats ponikarovsky going to washington ,just checked his career stats ,he definetly loves playing the caps ,most goals against any other team.
10:47
[Comment From Mark (from Ottawa)]
My bad. I was looking at his cap hit. What is the difference? Why is the cap hit higher?
10:48
Boy, great question. I don't know but I wil ask around.
10:49
[Comment From Amir (From Tehran, Iran)]
People are surprised when they see Hockey Lovers and Metal Heads here, hahah
10:49
Did you grow up there or move there?
10:49
[Comment From theB.F.G.]
Hey Mike, You mentioned Antropov to Columbus. Do you think they'd get a couple of picks(2nd,5th)? or do you think they pick up a prospect? Like Daniel La Costa. Leafs could use more Goalie prospects. Or
10:50
[Comment From Mike (LeafFreakMikey)]
How is Schenn's Cap hit $3million ? I'm ocnfused
10:50
Yes, as well.
10:51
Well, I know they want a prospect. I think we find out in a couple of hours. A lot of good young players on that roster and I wonder if they sweeten things a bit whether they can pry more out of the Jackets. Probably not since they now have Vermette.
10:51
[Comment From Nich Hall]
Wouldn't be surprised if Schenn was given a signing bonus, which would count against the cap.
10:52
[Comment From Amir (From Tehran, Iran)]
Grew up there. Moved to Canada though. :) But I just came back a week ago, so I thought it'd be kinda fun to I guessed represent people from Tehran, hahah. It was nice there. I used to play Hockey in the league there
10:54
Well, Amir, you are more than welcome here. Now to finally get to your question, Ron WIlson is not a proponent of the big tough guy. I would be very surprised. Chris Neal is avaiable should they want one.
10:54
[Comment From Clayton]
Hey Mike,
10:55
Hey.
10:55
[Comment From tommyguard3]
lol...I'll wait then, I read the rules before, they just say it may take awhile to answer not for your question to post...ah well obviously it takes some time.
10:55
What's your question, Tommy?
10:56
[Comment From ILOVEMIKE]
Mike, do you think that Bob McGill looks good in that hat?
10:56
I think there is something wrong with the contrast on your television.
10:57
[Comment From mark]
why is stajan not going anywhere, he does nothing
10:57
[Comment From Jacob (From Kingston)]
What do you think Jason Blake is worth on the trade market?
10:58
Very little because he has three more years after this one.
10:58
[Comment From carlo]
With Kaberle hurt now !,Is there still a chance he could be dealt ? I dont believe his injury his too severe ,what do you think ?
10:58
Still a chance but a narrow one.
10:58
[Comment From Jacob (From Kingston)]
I also hear that the leafs may be looking to get Cogliano from the Oilers...is this a possibility?
11:00
Everybody wants the guy. He's young, skilled and cheap.
11:00
[Comment From Serena (from Quebec)]
I think you guys started a trend here. Will Burke most likely trade for picks or players?
11:01
He wants prospects, which is the player in between players and draft picks.
11:01
[Comment From Braedon]
What about the trade specualtion about leafs tradeing for Pronger
11:02
He seems to be off the market.
11:02
[Comment From Mike (LeafFreakMikey)]
Do you think Jamal Mayers will be traded
11:03
No. I don't think there's a whole lot of interest.
11:03
[Comment From USALEAFA]
Pronger is not on the Market he is off
11:03
[Comment From Guest]
Wow surprised actual realistic talk in here .......not the usual bring back gilmour and clark and trade everything for a old half dead yet famous player
11:03
Yes, nice isn't it. All reasonable opinions welcome.
11:04
[Comment From Ames]
Not really a question... but if the leafs trade antropov, i'm cheering for the nordiques... (still bitter about the mccauley, boyes, pick for nolan trade)
11:04
Uh, the Nordiques?
11:04
[Comment From RYAN WHITLOCK]
is it possible the leafs will have a true enforcer unlike mayers, may, holleweg, etc?
11:05
[Comment From cynicism]
well if you cheer for the nordiques you have even less of a chance of winning the cup than the leafs do
11:05
[Comment From Serena]
Ames reminds me of the elderly back home.
11:05
Serena. You have nasty streak. I love that in a woman.
11:05
[Comment From hamid]
so what is leafs up 2
11:05


Hamid.
Nothing so far.
11:05
Hey, whose writing from work right now?
11:06
[Comment From Justin]
I think picks is the way to go....you get more in the future this team needs to rebuild and start thinking long term, not just long term till the trade deadline
11:06
[Comment From Josh]
What about Antropov to Boston for G Manny Fernandez? I here Antropov is already going, Pronger is off the market, and Burke want's to build from the net out.
11:06
They would never give you Fernandez.
11:06
[Comment From Doug from Florida]
Have to be careful evaluating Leaf players based on this season...career years for some may be simply because of increase ice time rather than actual development. Can one give Wilson and co credit for Ian White's play...I think he showed as well last year under Maurice and is one player who continues to improve. Cheers for Mitchell...he's worked hard for his success.
11:07
Yeah, I see that. I love White. I was talking to Frogren about him and he is absolutely in awe of White's courage. "Watch him go into the corner," he said. "He almost always comes out with the puck."
11:07
[Comment From leafsfan (in QC)]
nobody is writing from work coz we all called in sick
11:07
Ah, the honourable route. Well done.
11:07
[Comment From Im bored]
Does school count?
11:08
How can you do this from school?
11:08
[Comment From Nich Hall]
Fernandez is also a free agent this summer, so is Thomas. Why deal for him now?
11:08
[Comment From Pauly Walnuts]
I'm writing from bio class at geneseo university in New York
11:08
How is the prof?
11:08
[Comment From Josh]
they have thomas and a great rookie
11:08
[Comment From hamid]
we need young player like stall
11:08
[Comment From Jacob (From Kingston)]
I also think the leafs have some undervalued talent in the minor leagues...DiDomenico anybody?
11:09
Maybe but he has a long way to go. Undervalued talent are words rarely associated with the farm system.
11:09
[Comment From Evan from Toronto]
is it possible for the leafs to trade for Marian Gaborik?
11:10
He's a free agent with some injury issues. What could he do now that he couldn't do later?
11:10
[Comment From Josh]
i'm at work. don't tell. lol
11:10
I just told the guy beside me. You are in big trouble, Mister.
11:10
[Comment From Ensign]
Im a twork
11:10
[Comment From hamid]
what do u guys feel about senators trade
11:10
[Comment From Guest]
im in school
11:10
[Comment From Justin]
I'm writing from North west Iowa
11:11
Northwest Iowa. Two questions. What is Northwest Iowa and how did you end up there?
11:11
[Comment From hamid]
market should be busy now it is almost 12 and no news yet
11:11
[Comment From USALEAFAN]
I'm at work in the usa following Tradedeadline work can wait
11:11
[Comment From leafsfan]
excellent trade 4 sens
11:12
[Comment From USALEAFAN]
Im in PA
11:12
[Comment From bryn]
CAN YOU NOT SEE MY TEXT????
11:12


Go to the top. Rule number one.
11:12
[Comment From Justin]
Got married
11:12
Now, that's a woman.
11:12
[Comment From Justin]
and there is nothing but farms and farmers here
11:13
I have a friend named Brian Abbott. Do you know him? I know, a bit of a flyer.
11:13
[Comment From bryn]
Ok, Thanks, Just wondering, thought it was my computer :)
11:13
[Comment From USALEAFAN]
Justin you have a satellite to follow the Leafs
11:13
[Comment From nishant]
Mike, Leafs dont have any star player as such in their Team.. Dont you think they should have one to help them with all these young kids??
11:13
[Comment From Pauly Walnuts]
hey USALeaffan, I'm a leafs fan from buffalo, NY. What state do you hail from?
11:15
Well that's a great point. Burke is cognisant of the fact that you need to create a culture as well as a roster. You don't want to burn it to the ground, you want to maximize your draft and that involves order.
11:15
[Comment From L.Bedley]
I am a Leaf Fan in Ottawa!
11:15
Be brave, Jedi warrior.
11:15
[Comment From Justin]
Nope no coverage down here
11:15
[Comment From theB.F.G.]
Where in Pa are you USALEAFAN?
11:15
[Comment From Justin]
This area just got it's first cell tower lol
11:15
[Comment From Nich Hall]
Hey Ulmer, not sure if you can edit the top, but its Marc Moro, not Morrow.
11:16
Marc would kill me for that. Thanks.
11:16
[Comment From USALEAFAN]
Erie,PA right next door to you
11:16
[Comment From Leafsfan4ever]
Mike, Antropov and Moore did not play last night in the game against New Jersey,
11:16
Yes.
11:16
[Comment From theB.F.G.]
I'm from Ajax, ON originally but currently i'm in PA
11:16
[Comment From Leafsfan4ever]
has there been any other specuklation about those two being traded before 3 pm?
11:17
Lots of it. Bank on Antropov and Moore. Longer shots are Kaberle and Pony.
11:18
[Comment From Justin]
toronto is the best never leave people NEVER!!!!
11:19


Even for the love of a good woman, Justin? I know a guy in Nothwest Iowa...
11:19
[Comment From sooner-leaf]
im from oklahoma. there are like 3 hockey fans in the entire state
11:19
[Comment From jim]
does antropov leave today?
11:19
Yes.
11:19
[Comment From Bee]
thats so kewl to see that Leafs have fans in da USA!
11:19
[Comment From Cam Britton]
I am in star player withdrawal. Ever since Mats left. We need a franchise player.
11:20
Isn't that so true. Honestly, don't it always feel as though, you don't know what you've got till it's gone.
11:20
[Comment From hamid]
any news?
11:20
You'll be the first to know, Hamid.
11:21
[Comment From hamid]
i am sure they are done , moory and nicky are out
11:21
[Comment From Guest]
not that we've heard yet...Burke is just fielding all offers
11:21
[Comment From Pauly Walnuts]
It's a tough time being a leafs fan in Buffalo. I couldn't imagine being one in Ottawa or Montreal.
11:21
[Comment From USALEAFAN]
I'm going down for Spring Training Tomorrow in Tampa for the BlueJays.
11:21
[Comment From Big John]
I'm from souther California Bee.
11:21
[Comment From Shvitz]
Leafs have fans everywhere. It's a virus.
11:21
[Comment From Doug from Florida]
Curious to know your prediction, Mike...I'm hoping for a 2nd round and maybe 4th round pick and an exchange of essestially equal lesser light players...think there's a chance for more?
11:22
Know, Doug. I think a second rounder is about right.
11:22
[Comment From Brian]
tomas kaberle for who?
11:23
Beats me. It would be a completely left field deal.
11:23
[Comment From Waqar]
Hey Mike,
11:23
Hey, Wag.
11:23
[Comment From Sean]
whats the word on the sedin twins? They gonna move now or during the offseaon?
11:23
Who leaves Vancouver? I would be shocked.
11:23
[Comment From Jacob (From Kingston)]
In a draft related question...is there a chance of the leafs drafting Brayden Schenn? Having the Schenn brothers on one team might be fun
11:24
It would be wonderful. I think the Leafs are high on him but they will need to finish (after the lottery) fourth or fifth to get him.
11:24
[Comment From Waqar]
Hey Mike, just wondering wheter the Leafs shoud go after Spezza
11:25
Well, it's an interesting question. He is a very skilled guy, obviously, but attitude and defensive commitment are a big issue. I'd like to see him butt heads with Wilson. It would be nothing if not entertaining.
11:25
[Comment From Serena]
Trust me Pauly Walnuts it's really bad in Quebec. when the Leafs beat the Canadiens, I have no friends at school for a day or two.
11:26
[Comment From hasher1971]
hey mike BIG day what would it take to get #1draft
11:26
Not possible.
11:26
[Comment From Justin]
I could see burke snaking the twins :)
11:27
Well, he has a history. As I have said on numerous times, I want Bouwmeester.
11:27
[Comment From calvin]
I doubt ottawa would ever give us spezza
11:27
Don't kind yourself.
11:27
[Comment From Sasha]
I'm in Kiev, Ukraine!!! I'm fan Toronto. Please, dont change Nik & Poni.....
11:27
Okay, Sasha. I have to ask. Kiev?
11:29
Leafs have one in the first, one in the third, and one in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds.
11:29
[Comment From Jacinthe]
Try living in Ottawa, and being a leafs fan....ouch...but the Sens aren't too too hot either this year, so not as much complaining and teasing going on lol
11:29
[Comment From Rachel]
has there been any big trades yet !?!?!?!
11:29
Rachel. Welcome. Sorry. No Leafs trades.
11:30
[Comment From Justin]
But people from Montreal are hot......I live with my hot wife....but farmers wifes are freaking COWS!!!
11:31
Justin. You are pushing the limits of free speech. When was the last time someone compared you to Brad Pitt.
11:31
[Comment From L.Bedley]
I got booed by school children out their school bus windows one day walking down the street with my Sundin jersey on in Ottawa! I won't reveal what I did back, I am a little ashamed!
11:32
Don't. Forgive them, they know not what they do. You like that? I just made it up.
11:33
[Comment From Bee]
hey Sasha , at one point we were neighbours
11:33
[Comment From hasher1971]
mike would Satan be a piece we might look at?
11:33
If you could put him in a time machine and go get him in two years.
11:33
[Comment From arnst17]
would it be considered a complete failure if the Leafs end up NOT making a deal today?
11:33
Not a complete failure but they have two assetts they have to maximize.
11:33
[Comment From L.Bedley]
LOL Mike!
11:34
[Comment From Josh]
Actually, Jesus made it up!
11:34
Okay, great, if you want to split hairs...
11:35
[Comment From Im bored]
Mike... what do you think it would take for us to make a run like we did in 1993? maybe not this year. but soon.....


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