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Ulmer's Deadline Day Blog: Part 5

by Mike Ulmer / Toronto Maple Leafs
2:39

[Comment From ceegh]
i think they need to move kaberle, hes been with the leafs for too long and isnt bringin anything to the team
2:39
[Comment From Guest]
i dont think burke has anything
2:39
[Comment From L.Bedley]
Ok Mike your killing me here! We are going to be dissapointed and you are soothing us with laughter right!
2:40
Well, it has been my pattern.
2:40
[Comment From Aimee]
You'll know he's stressed when his hair is out of place
2:40
[Comment From Eric F]
Mike...I'm just tuning into the trade deadline updates...do you think Gerber will be playing the majority of the games for the rest of the season? Or do you think the "plan" for Pogge will still be carried out?
2:41
No. I think we are going to see Gerber being the main guy and Joseph getting some work.
2:41
[Comment From mike wheeler]
Mike what do you think of Stempniak
2:41
I think he woujld tell you he has not played particularly well here.
2:41
[Comment From Jay]
I can't believe that the Gerber deal will be Burkes' tour de force in 2009. C'mon man - Kaberle, Antropov, Blake, Kubina...pick someone and get Pronger.
2:42
Pretty sad Tour de Force. I'm not one of those guys who watches by the way. All those cyclists are juiced up.
2:45
[Comment From Blue&White]
why can't i see my comments, what are they not good enough
2:46
Yes BW. Your comments are just flat out not good enough.
2:46
[Comment From Nishant]
15 minutes to go now... i see no hopes
2:46
[Comment From Eric F]
Mike I'm a little curious..from talking to Toskala, were you aware that this was going to happen to him? Also, do you forsee Toskala being back for the #1 spot next season with Gerber backing him up?
2:47
Gerber is probabloy gone after the season. Toskala is very discreet and only once hinted that he was hurt.
2:47
[Comment From Jeremy]
ANTRO IS A RANGER!!!
2:48
[Comment From leafs-fan]
Antropov to RANGERS!!!
2:48
[Comment From mike wheeler]
nick is a ranger
2:48
[Comment From luda]
stempniak has been a huge disappointment so far
2:48
[Comment From koitiz]
Antropov is a Ranger
2:48
[Comment From TJ from London ON]
I think leaf fans (me included) have too high expectations from Burke. What should the timeline for a rebuild realistically be?
2:48
[Comment From Ron Bacardi]
Anyone heard what for?
2:48
Ron. Where you been? No, haven't heard yet.
2:49
[Comment From Mike Pho3niX]
Booooo!!!! i bet we get nothing!
2:49
[Comment From John new york]
Yes my boy We can finally be reunited.
2:49
[Comment From Aimee]
noooooooooooo
2:49
[Comment From Chris]
Rumor is Dom Moore was traded to Chicago according to NHL network. Any truth to that?
2:49
Apparently he remains a Leaf.
Leafs get a second-rounder and a conditional for Nik.
2:50
[Comment From Bill]
Not gonna miss Nik but will miss Moore. The Hawks deal fell through last I heard.
2:50
[Comment From Cam Britton]
Nik will be a good fit with the rangers. Big, offence presence that can score goals.
2:51
[Comment From Antonio]
Not too shabby and my brother is a Rangers fan so he'll be happy ;)
2:51
[Comment From Aimee]
officially a rangers fan...
2:51
[Comment From Sarah]
Antropov a Ranger? Poor guy has to play with Avery lol
2:51
[Comment From Shvitz]
How does the conditional pick work?
2:52


It depends on what the player does. For example, if Antropov does well or re-signs with the Rangers, they get more coming back.
2:53
[Comment From jase]
how many players do the rangers want off us, they signed bell too, thought bell would've been a good fit for us
2:53
No, I don't think Wilson thought he could play in the faster NHL.
2:53
[Comment From Hali]
we gave away someone that will get close to 60 points this year for a second rounder that will not be usefull for 5-10 years
2:54
Well, you need to stock the kitchen. They made an organizational decision that they did not Nik. ONce you do that, you get what you can.
2:54
[Comment From Tony (from Holland)]
Any news on Moore or anyone else??
2:54
Nothing yet on Moore.
2:54
[Comment From Francis]
Pony to Nashville
2:54
[Comment From Sarah]
rumour ... Poni to Nashville?
2:54
[Comment From John new york]
Looking back his numbers this year were pretty good 21g 29a even though he had that long drought.
2:55
He's a good player. Uses his size in close. Not a great player. I always thought he was at his best when he was deflecting pucks all around the rink.
2:55
[Comment From Eric F]
damn, this trade deadline is gonna make me fail my class! I'm sitting in clas right now and just completely missed the entire lecture! haha
2:56
Eric. What are you taking?
2:56
[Comment From bill]
this is great for toronto ,, headed for the bottom and a great pick
2:56
[Comment From C.K.]
yea thats all im saying..i thought Burke wanted a guy who could do somthing NOW!!
2:56
[Comment From Ron Bacardi]
OK, 5 minutes left, do you suppose there will be a huge flurry of desperate moves from anyone or no?
2:56
Yep.
2:56
[Comment From Eric F]
Hali: That is what they call "rebuilding"
2:56
[Comment From leafs-fan]
BURKE HAS 5 MINUTES!!
2:57
[Comment From N]
is the second rounder we got for 09 or 10?
2:57
We are all assuming it's 09.
2:57
[Comment From amir]
why trade a first rounder who brings in 60 points for a second rounder? only to have to go back out and find a big man like antropov later on.
2:57
They don't want Antropov at the price. They want to change the vibe of the club.
2:57
[Comment From leaf]
mike ; quick question can any one move any player after 3
2:58
No but sometimes it takes quite a while to firm up all the deals.
2:58
[Comment From Eric F]
So don't trust me on designing your next car....I just missed out on how to do it! haha
2:58
Car design. Wow. That sounds like fun.
2:58
[Comment From kimbo]
did we get naslund???
2:58
Who?
3:00
[Comment From joetaylor]
Damn,try to get Goc
3:00
[Comment From Ron Bacardi]
And that's that
3:00
[Comment From Dan K.]
3PM!!!!!
3:00
[Comment From beleaf]
soo... Toronto gave up good players and got nothing in return?
3:00
[Comment From vicky]
wow...disappointing day for leaf fans.
3:00
Best line here in the media room" This just in...nothing."
3:01
[Comment From aidan]
you haven't seen the last second trades..
3:01
[Comment From Guest]
And it's over
3:01
[Comment From fans]
come on thats all they are going to do, pathetic
3:01
[Comment From mike wheeler]
what about moore?
3:01
No word.
3:01
[Comment From Mike Pho3niX]
Its always that way!
3:01
[Comment From chris]
derek morris is going to rangers ....... wow...... rangers how much better are they now
3:01
[Comment From Sara]
Hah
3:01
[Comment From Ensign]
they got draft picks..thats important for rebuilding.
3:02
[Comment From calvin]
I'm glad the moore deal appears to have fell through. I like the guy, and I think it'll be best for him and the leafs to stay here anyways... even if he doesn't stay in the off season.
3:02
[Comment From leafs-fan]
Mike, how do you think the Leafs did here at the deadline?
3:02
Well, they didn't do much. They got a second rounder for a guy they were losing anyway.
3:02
[Comment From GRADE SIX]
So we just let a whole class of grade six's watch this all day and nothing happened? seriously???
3:03
Sorry. If we had k nown the kid were watching we could trotted out Carlton. Read M is For Maple to the Kids, I wrote it. Honest.
3:03
[Comment From Tarrana]
Next stop... draft day.
3:03
[Comment From amir]
mike, im hearing that moore is involved in a 3 way deal...there just clearing up the red tape.
3:03
[Comment From Argos!]
Big fat zero -- I'm canceling center ice.
3:03
[Comment From skibum]
..and you expected what?
3:04
[Comment From Dan K.]
Why would you do that to children!!!???
3:04
[Comment From Mikey M]
Mike any chance a move for Moore is still possible?
3:04
Still coming.
3:04
[Comment From canmoreleafsgirl]
I just wasted a whole morning of work!!!! well talking to you mike wasn't a waste, but the rest of the day waiting was...
3:05
Ah, Canmor, you got to stay at home, wear your sweats and kick back. You are welcome here anytime.
3:05
[Comment From Big John]
What were those last minute rumours about Poni to Nashville?
3:05
Still waiting, Johnny.
3:05
[Comment From GRADE SIX]
Thanks anyways, we had fun.
3:05
Stop by anytime. If you make it clear that a kid is asking a question, I will put him at the front of the line.
3:05
Or her.
3:06
[Comment From nate]
did you think it was a good idea to let grade six's lose a whole day of education for something they could have watched highlights on later in a fraction of the time
3:06
Nate. Tell me your dominant memory of Grade 6, that lesson or pearl of knowledge you carry with you to this day. If you can't, leave my friends alone.
3:06
[Comment From GRADE SIX]
Kids want to know if Ron had any regrets on Mats heading to Van?
3:07
Mats was a great guy with great integrity. Sometimes in life, people have to move on. Nobody wrong, everybody right.
3:07
[Comment From jase]
i've had a good day watching/reading all this, can't wait til the draft pick and free agency, you doing a blog for them mike?
3:07
[Comment From GRADE SIX]
Sure, we were learning about blogs - it's called critical literacy.
3:08
[Comment From Andy]
Brutal. Nothing of substance. If those guys don't get it together in the next 10-20 years..I'm going to stop going to games and buying their merchandise!
3:08
Andy. Best post of the day.
3:08
[Comment From Tarrana]
...don't be nasty. Do you thing that is any better than us stealing time from our employers?
3:08
[Comment From leafs-fan]
to tell you the truth Mike I am in grade 7/
3:09


You rascal, you. It starts with a little lie and next thing you know, you're a CEO sucking your board into an eight million dollar bailout clause for running your company into the ground.


3:10
[Comment From HK]
i think its a valuable learning experience for the kids :)
3:10
[Comment From tommyguard3]
I do. Hockey is an important part of canadian culture and trade day is one of the biggest days in hockey...definitely falls into social sciences. I know in high school we used to get to watch the olympic hockey games.
3:10
[Comment From leafs-fan]
I'm 12 years old and I love the Leafs!!!
3:10
[Comment From Dan K.]
Hey Mike, I feel guilty ending work early to watch this so called busy trade deadline. Please comfort me with your wisdom.
3:11
Dan, you did the right thing. Nobody ever put "i should have worked more" on their tombstone. My brother in law by the way said his tombstone will read "My kids did this to me."
3:11
[Comment From Mikey M]
Moore fetched a 2nd rounder from Buffalo (Carolina Pick) WHOOOOOOOOOOOOhoooooo
3:12
[Comment From BOOZER]
Lets not forget the situation Burke inherited. Dont judge him by today alone. There's a draft coming and free agency
3:12
[Comment From Sarah]
Mooore to Sabres ... We get a second rounder via Carolina...?
3:12
[Comment From John new york]
Well one good thing about today is that the market is up 223 points
3:12
[Comment From Paul C]
The only thing better than this ...is something else ...but I did that yesterday!
3:12
[Comment From Grade 7]
Mike don't you think the Leafs need more than just draft picks to rebuild?
3:13
That's what's there right now."
3:13
[Comment From Sara]
Bye all..Bye Mike! I'm off to nap.
3:13
Dammit, Sara. I said no mention of sleep around these guys.
3:13
[Comment From Dan K.]
Hey Mike, Wondering... does this mean the Leafs have enough money now to sign BOTH Sedin twins?
3:14
Hard to say. I'd rather see them put it toward Bouwmeester.
3:14
[Comment From Kevin]
Mike what do you make of the moves by Burke so far today with the signings made and what we did in the players who have gone ??
3:14
[Comment From Eric F]
bye saraaaaaaaaaaaa
3:14


See, I told you.
3:15
[Comment From Shvitz]
So Mike, do you like Bouwmeester? I think you just like typing his name...
3:15
You have to admit, it's dandy and one of the few I can actually spell.
3:15
[Comment From GRADE SIX]
thanks alot for putting our blog up, you made the kids day. Just wanted to add that the Leafs and the organization were a class act for the kids last Wednesday.
3:16
[Comment From Mikey M]
Hey guys I think Sara is off to watch a startrek marathon. Sigh.... what a woman!
3:17
[Comment From Kevin]
mike thanks for the great day - a little hockey talked mixed with humor..."it's Merman, Merman"...CLASSIC!
3:17

And so, only five hours after the blog kicked off, I must say goodbye. Thank for all your posts. You were wonderful.
Back soon.
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