The Leafs have traded Anton Stralman and Colin Stuart, plus a seventh rounder in 2012, to Calgary for Wayne Primeau and a second rounder in 2011.


Toronto gets: A second rounder and depth pivot.

Calgary gets: A very promising offensive rearguard.

Other notes: This deal makes a lot of sense for both parties. The Leafs had acquired Stuart as a throw-in from Atlanta and they managed to flip him. They had 10 NHL defenseman so the logjam needed to be freed up and acquiring a second rounder is a great return. But they couldn't do this deal straight up thanks to the new cap era. So they give up $1.16 million and agree to take $1.4 million back. That almost makes it a straight assets for assets deal. The Leafs still, by my count, have nine NHL defensemen and 15 NHL forwards so there is more to come. That number should be eight and 13 by the time the puck drops.


Fantasy Players Impacted: The bottom line is - Calgary has room for Stralman on their roster. Their Top 4 are Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf, Robyn Regehr and Cory Sarich. The next three are Mark Giordano, Adam Pardy and Stralman. He will have an opportunity to become a 30 or 35-point player this season on the strength of 90 seconds of PP time per game and second or third pairing regular time. Stralman owners rejoice.


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Ron` said:

... This has the Burke stamp all over it. Change the toughness immediately. Shame they have already given up on Stralman imo. Yes he got a second round pick too, but for a 4th line veteran player. Stuart is an oh by the way....

Very short sided imo.
July 28, 2009
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Rollie1967 said:

... I like this trade for Calgary, Burke had to move atleast 1 dman- for Toronto's sake I wouldve thought it wouldve been better to move an older one,or one with less offensive upside than Stralman. Primeau is an expensive 4th line PK'er, who may take icetime from the younger Hansons/Bozek's on their roster.
July 28, 2009
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JHM said:

... Excellent deal for Toronto. The 2nd rounder is the key. Primeau is a handy guy to have on the fourth line. Big, strong, seasoned. Stralman is likely to boot around the NHL as a middling D-man for a number of years. Colin Stuart is a depth guy that is unlikely to get much of a chance. 7th rounders don't generally pan. I believe in the long run, the GMs that sift through these pieces and turn them into solid draft picks, will eventually come out the winner. They may not get that prize piece every time they select some new piece in the draft. Ultimately the only piece that could become a star in this deal is that second rounder! The 7th rounder becoming a star means a lot of teams made a mistake! Good deal for Toronto. Calgary could get a serviceable piece for a few years.
July 28, 2009
Votes: -1

eyemissgilmour said:

... I've seen more than enough of Stralman to know that he will never be an impact d-man. Good hands and good wheels. But weak like your little sister, not smart positionally, and a timebomb waiting to go off defensively. A 2nd round pick is a blessing.
July 27, 2009
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noglovenolove said:

nice thats a pretty sweet picture, i dont have anything to say about the deal but nice dig on the picture
July 27, 2009
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bluejays said:

... Exactly the fantasy impact I was thinking.
As a Stralman owner I love it!
July 27, 2009
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