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Ulmer's Deadline Day Blog: Part 4

by Mike Ulmer / Toronto Maple Leafs
1:33

[Comment From John new york]
I hope Burke can pick up some top prospects. I hope Toskala's surgery is a success. I hope the leafs make the playoffs. I hope.
1:34
[Comment From Cam Britton]
I admire the integrity as well. I think it is such poor sportsmanship to want to lose just to get a good pick in the lottery. 20 000 fans are paying to see this team, and millions more watching on TV and listening on the radio. They owe it to the fans to compete every night.
1:34
[Comment From leafs-fan]
Mike, can you ask Burke a question for me? Ask him when he's going to make a trade
1:34
Fan. If it still applies when I get to him, I will.
1:34
[Comment From Kevin]
in the words of Jim Mora Sr.....Playoffs??!!??!!
1:34
[Comment From RD Afghanistan]
Okay I know this is supposed to be about trade stuff but about the whole notion of Leaf fans dreaming of drafting Tavares - STOP IT FOR *#@! SAKES!!! Do you have any idea how few of the last 20 first round picks overall are actually playing and producing in the NHL the way they were hoped to? Tavares would be nice, saw him play in the World Juniors at XMas when I was home from Afghan but he's not a saviour. Better for Burke to go after proven quantities don't you think Mke?
1:37
Well, one in 20 or 30 drafted players stick. I think you can get major pieces in the draft. The Leafs got Schenn and he's a building block. Those are hard to come by. What you doin' in Afghanistan.
1:37
[Comment From Brittany]
Who is Eric Reitz? I don't really know anything about him...
1:38
Big defensive defenceman. Will probably play for Marlies.
1:38
[Comment From John in Hamilton]
I think Toskala will return and play with a vengeance next season. Knowing that he's been playing through an injury this year and seeing how he's been playing recently, I'll love to see just how good he'll play when healthy.
1:39
[Comment From Brittany]
I agree about Tavares...I thought he played somewhat lazy. He didn't backcheck in the Jrs. he seemed more like a puck hog. He stayed down low most of the time to get the dirty goals, and when it came time to step up, he didn't show up. I don't think he'll be a good player in the NHL.
1:39
[Comment From Mike]
Why did they talk trash about Vesa and now we find out he has been hurt the hole time? That seems fishy to me
1:39
Well. that's fair. Either they were totally ignorant, or he hadn't told them.
1:40
[Comment From Dave]
will Gerber really be better in T.O than in Ottawa. can he get a BLUE Mask ???
1:40
I doubt it. He'll wear one of the white Jacques Plante injuries.
1:41
[Comment From RD Afghanistan]
Living the dream, fightin for Queen and country. Just in from the field for 48 hours - great timing eh? No arguing Schenn was a great get, I'm merely suggesting that there's way more to building a team than selecting high in the draft. And look at some of the guys who selected low or not at all that are fantastic. I just hope we hold onto Grabovski, Tlusty, Stapleton and the likes and really nurture and mature these guys. They will be in the top 15% in a few years I think
1:41
Any other questions, RD. You're at the head of the line.
1:41
[Comment From John in Hamilton]
:-)
1:41
[Comment From hamid]
mike do you think leafs is done for today or more trade will happen
1:42
Two deals still coming, I think.
1:42
[Comment From Dave]
Grabovski needs a haircut. hockey hair .. i know we get it.
1:42
[Comment From John in Hamilton]
I tip my hat to RD and thank him for serving our country. Thank you.
1:42
[Comment From chris]
Wow ...... Hats off to toskala ...... he played last couple of games brilliantly with hip and groin injury... it's really hard to say he was injured, the way he played.
1:43
[Comment From leafs-fan]
ya thank you RD
1:43
[Comment From Dave]
why wouldn't the leafs go after Clemmensen instead of Gerber. remeber when he was the door opener in TO. they should never let him leave. and The guy in PHX who is now in BUF. funny how past leaf goalies do well everywhere else.
1:44
I don't know how well they do but there is no doubt Clemmenson was terrific behind a great team. In retrospect, letting his skate was a big mistake.
1:44
[Comment From Leafsfan4Life]
thanks for all you do for the country RD
1:47
[Comment From Rick SJ]
a lot of NHL goalies going to do well in NJ
1:47
[Comment From Phil]
I don't get it, maybe I'm lost. What's wrong with Gerber? Wasn't he helping Ottawa do well a few years ago? Didn't he get a 50 shot shutout against Team Canada in the Olympics? Am I missing something? I feel like there's other terrible stories about him that I haven't heard. Anyone?
1:49
Gerber played himself out of the league. He played only 14 games, went four and nine with an .899 save percentage. That said, the save percentage is eight points better than Toskala's.
1:50
[Comment From RD Afghanistan]
Thanks for the well wishes everyone. In truth, I love it and you people make any difficulty well worthwhile. I'm going to put a plug in here. Please don't forget about all the civilians Canada has over here. Folks from Foreign Affairs, CIDA, RCMP, Correctional Services etc. They work incredibly hard in tough situations, most are quite young and they deserve a great deal of credit. Now... back to hockey. I think Gerber is great and was poorly treated in Ottawa. He took the blame for a crap team in front of him, didn't complain when he was cast aside for the Emery sideshow and was then sent down to the minors. I'm glad we have him
1:51
[Comment From Jay]
Well said RD....
1:51
[Comment From JuanForza]
Gerber was outstanding when he played in Sweden.
1:51
[Comment From leafs-fan]
Mike, Moore delt to Chicago?
1:51
Still waiting to hear.
1:51
[Comment From L.Bedley]
RD you may be right about Gerber!
1:52
[Comment From John in Hamilton]
It is said that Gerber's attitude in Ottawa wasn't exactly the best, and was kind of a negative factor in the dressing room.
1:52
[Comment From YURI]
Gerber let 3 goals in 6 shots!!!! in the ahl :l
1:52
[Comment From LeafsUK11]
Mike, What is the atmosphere like right now?
1:52
Very quiet. Waiting for the other shoe to drop.
1:54
It seems like Moore is going to Chicago as several have speculated.
1:55
[Comment From RD Afghanistan]
Yuri... I've seen Toskala let in 6 goals on three shots. Doesn't mean he's bad, just a bad night
1:55
[Comment From leafan84]
but not official
1:55
[Comment From leafs-fan]
Mike, who would the Leafs get from Chicago for Moore?
1:56
Don't know but I'm guessing picks.
1:57
[Comment From theB.F.G.]
I think Moore would fit well in Chicgao, I wish him well where ever he ends up. Though, I'd wish he'd stay with such good chemistry with Blake.
2:01
Yeah. I think that in the short term it's going to be a bit of a loss for both sides.
2:01
[Comment From Lex]
Why Moore? He's been doing well.
2:01
See above.
2:02
Now of course we are hearing that Moore is not Chicago bound. Funny day.
2:02
[Comment From chris]
Moore to chicago deal broke down and chicago is pursuing samy pohlson
2:02
[Comment From LeafsUK11]
I really thought Moore was going to be one of the foundations of the new Leafs. He's good with the media, Toronto native and he's had a great season. Seems like he's been moved around a lot and he hasn't ever had a chance to settle and thrive.
2:03
All true. Loved being a Leaf but hey, the guy has to make a living.
2:03
[Comment From leafs-fan]
Mike, what should the Leafs trade for? A sniper?
2:03
They need a player with upside in his early 20s. Actually, they need several.
2:03
[Comment From John in Hamilton]
Listening to the radio too :-)
2:03
Good on, ya. Johnny.
2:04
[Comment From Shvitz]
Mike, can you recommend a good online resource that shows which picks each team owns for the upcoming season?
2:04
I got mine from the NHL. Is there a team I could look up for you. I don't know that it's online anywhere.
2:04
[Comment From RD Afghanistan]
Bill Guerin just went to Pitsburgh
2:05
Dammit, RD, you're in Afghanistan. You're closer.
2:05
[Comment From blueice]
What do you think about leafs getting Chris Neil do think he would fit in with the leafs
2:06


They would want him the way a rat wants Warfarin.
2:06
[Comment From John in Hamilton]
Getting more info here actually....
2:07
[Comment From Ensign]
Any word on Antropov?
2:07
No SIR.
2:07
[Comment From Shvitz]
I just want to see who's in a position to trade a decent pick...
2:07
Ah, sorry about that. I really can't help.
2:07
[Comment From roper]
no i dont think he would fit the least bit
2:07
[Comment From Ensign]
Apparantly Moore to Chicago has been dismissed...
2:07
[Comment From Sara]
Mike. That's a bad word! Kids are watching this..remember? ;)
2:08
Warafin is a bad word. Not if you have high blood pressure.
2:08
[Comment From Keith]
The ducks...? How many picks to they have..?
2:09
[Comment From TB]
http://www.prosportstransactions.com/hockey/DraftTrades/2009.htm
2:09


Thanks, TB.

Anaheim has one each in the following rounds, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Hope this helps.
2:09
[Comment From LeafsUK11]
Shvitz: I saw a list of who owns what pick for the upcoming draft on NHL.com
2:11
You guys are very, very smart.
You know, I could give you these addresses but instead I didn't. And do you now what happened? You checked, you searched, you worked for each other and because you did, we all grew.
I don't usually get emotional on this blog but dammit...you people (choke, gurgling sounds)...
2:11
[Comment From L.Bedley]
I think we could work with Neil.
2:11
[Comment From canmoreleafsgirl]
Mike, I absolutely love your blogs and articles...wondering your opinion on CUJO and his future, I thought he wanted to retire as a Leaf...would they trade him away anyway?
2:12
I don't think they will trade him. He is 41 and has had a rough season. He will retire a Leaf.
2:12
[Comment From RD Afghanistan]
Sorry Mike, just some free time on my hands and pretty good internet uplink via Satellite. Love the rat and Warafin comment! Brilliant!!
2:12
[Comment From John in Hamilton]
"They would want him the way a rat wants Warfarin"
2:12
[Comment From John in Hamilton]
ROFL!!!
2:12
[Comment From koitiz]
Guerin for a conditional 5th-round pick? This worries me about what we might get for Nik
2:13
You are so right. The market is dropping.
2:13
[Comment From blueice]
Dont you think Chris Neil is a run off like Domi get the leafs pumped up
2:14
Two goals. Tie never had a two-goal season. In his own way, he earned his keep outside of fighting.
2:16
[Comment From MikeMcC]
I think Nik might be worth a bit more, he is younger
2:17
Yes, but it doesn't matter if you don't know you are going to sign him.
2:17
[Comment From MikeMcC]
I think burke would like a player li Neil, hes gritty and can play
2:17
[Comment From LeafsUK11]
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=409715 THIS IS THE DRAFT PICK SUMMARY
2:17
You rock, UK. I'd buy you dinner but it would most likely be inedible.
2:18
[Comment From dave]
i still think Nik is worth a first round
2:19
Well, Dave, as Doctor Phil would save, how is that working for you?
2:19
[Comment From Shvitz]
Nik has never put up Guerin type numbers.
2:19
[Comment From amir]
Burke mentioned there were no untouchables. If that is true....what could he get for a guy like N. Hagman?
2:19
You want Nik Hagman. You want five more like him.
2:19
[Comment From emilio]
did we get chris neil
2:19
Hell, no.
2:20
[Comment From amir]
if D. Moore could get a second round pick how could Antropov not get a first?
2:20
Amir. Not sure about that.
2:20
[Comment From leafs-fan]
Mike, do you think Burke is waiting so no more stars are available? So they would be forced to settle for Moore and Antropov?
2:20
No idea what he's doing up there. Gotta go to the bathroom soon.
2:20
[Comment From Mike Pho3niX]
Any word on Stapleton and Frogren. They where not at practice today. Could somthing be happening there, or are they just being sent to the Marlies?
2:21
They have been sent down.
2:21
[Comment From mike wheeler]
45 min left what will the leafs do?
2:21
Let's find out.
2:21
[Comment From Sara]
Off topic..I had the opportunity to see the Canadiens play Against Buffalo tonight ... 65 bucks.. a school trip thing...it would have been wonderful to boo those stinks habs.. :D
2:21
So you're not going?
2:22
[Comment From taha]
so is kubina on the trading block?
2:22
I do not think so.
2:22
[Comment From blueice]
This has been a very boring trade deadline don't you think
2:22
Yes. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. I'm sorry, what were we talking about?
2:23
[Comment From Sara]
I'm a student....65 bucks can buy me like 6 meals lol.
2:24
Dammit, Sara, you have the chance to boo the Montreal Canadiens, you take it. How about this one, 'Habs fans, they're with them win or tie.' Or 'how many Habs fans does it take to change a lightbulb. 'Five, one to change the bulb, four to stand around and talk about how great the old bulb was.'
2:25
[Comment From canmoreleafsgirl]
boo habs!!1
2:25
[Comment From Shvitz]
L.A. is sitting on 14 pics, with multiple 2nd and 4th round picks. Are they not interested in some talent?
2:27


Well, not right now. They are seven points out. You trade at the deadline because you have a real chance of getting into the post-season. If they are out of the post-season next year they will deal.
2:27
[Comment From leafsrule]
I am sitting and watching all day... Are the leafs gonna move someone or not??? all you see on leafs tv is burke and them sitting around. TSN is still waiting.. If we wait to long soon enough the team is gonna get nothing!!
2:28
You know, George Bernard Shaw once said that the Falls are the second biggest disappointment a bride will encounter there. Little obtuse, I know, but work on it.
2:28
[Comment From Kevin]
do you think Burke made a mistake in stating in the media what he wanted/expected in a trade...eg: first rounder for Antropov. Or do you think there's just not that much interest in the guys the Leafs are offering?
2:29
I don't think so. Whatever happens prior to the deadline doesn't change the price or the dynamic.
2:29
[Comment From Sara]
Lmao...I love that last joke...besides, if I was at the game I wouldn't been able to be here and laugh with you Mike...Oh my god though, i didn't go to the Marlies vs Bulldogs game on Saturday in Hamilton to cheer on the Marlies and the Marlies won 7-1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Damnnnn eh?
2:30
[Comment From Jay]
Bring Pronger to Toronto folks - thats a deal. Burke better do something. Only 30 minutes to go.
2:30
[Comment From jase]
love the habs joke!!!
2:30
[Comment From Shvitz]
Same with Nashville, they're sitting 8th in the east. I'm surprised more isn't happening.
2:30
[Comment From tommyguard3]
I like the lightbulb one....BOOO HABS!!! I've been to the bell centre twice...they don't appreciate a vocal leaf's fan there, especially when the leafs aren't playing.
2:30
[Comment From leafsrule]
Are we making a trade or not???
2:30
Haven't heard yet. Wait and see.
2:30
[Comment From Sara]
I had a dream last night that I was kidnapped by Carey Price and then I beat him up for doing so..hah
2:31
Okay, Sara, getting into some weird ground here. Dreams are absolutely off limits here. There are a lot of dudes on this blog who haven't even kissed a girl.
2:32
[Comment From L.Bedley]
LOL Mike!
2:32
[Comment From taha]
lol
2:32
[Comment From leafsrule]
Who do you think will move in this last half hour... Does burke have a deal lined up?
2:32
Maybe an endorsement contract for the Hair Club for Men. Other than that, nothing yet.
2:34
[Comment From Alain]
Hair club for men!! LOL
2:34
[Comment From Phil]
"haven't even kissed a girl. " Really? Is this also a Star Trek blog?
2:34
[Comment From Shvitz]
Mike, have you seen the junior Schenn play? What's his style?
2:35
I have not seen him but his reputation is of a courageous, hard-working kid who drips with leadership. He maxes out as a 30-goal guy but he's got a cast iron heart.
2:36
[Comment From Sara]
Oh god..you're probably right
2:36
[Comment From Tarrana]
Mike: Given that GM's usually get draft picks for the next guy in the job, which ones are sitting in their offices sweating right now knowing they are on the bubble and need to something RIGHT NOW!!!?
2:37
Great question. The answer is not Toronto. I am thinking Columbus, New York, Washington, Chicago and Vancouver.
2:37
[Comment From LEAFS FAN]
you one of them mike?
2:38
Dear Leafs fan. Far from it. I am so cool, so completely together, it's all I can do not to write poetry about myself. I get it, I really get it. About everything. Really.
2:38
[Comment From leafs-fan]
Mike, will Gerber start tomorrow vs Washington?
2:39
Can't see why not although they may give it to Curtis and let Gerber come back on the weekend.
2:39
[Comment From Keith]
jay-bo to the oilers.. wait for it...!
2:39
Yeah. He just heard Gretzk is coming back.

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