The Leafs do Close to Nothing
The Toronto Maple Leafs traded three minor players before Tuesday's trade deadline, picking up some draft picks. The moves were not close to the fire sale expected last week when the big question before the deadline was if Mats Sundin would waive his no trade clause. He didn't.
The debate on his decision will probably continue, just as the debate on whether the Leafs should have officially hit the Self-Destruct button Tuesday. The team couldn't because of the number of bad contracts former general manager John Ferguson Jr. signed.
What's most ridiculous is Damien Cox suggestion the Leafs need a Bob Gainey figure as general manager. This opinion is presumably based on Gainey's move before the deadline to trade his team's No. 1 goaltender, Cristobal Huet, for a draft pick, and put the Montreal Canadiens playoff hopes in an unproven rookie goaltender. "Gainey showed his greatness again," Cox writes.
Really? Taking a risk that could cost his team the Stanley Cup because Huet is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season is a sign of greatness? I would understand the trade if Montreal had received more than a second-round draft pick, had received help for their Cup run.
Gainey showed he was either a) brilliant or b) crazy, but the idea that being decisive alone is a sign of greatness is foolish. Let's be clear: Gainey, as a general manager in Dallas and Montreal, has created competitive teams. But he's only won a single Stanley Cup (in 1999 with Dallas) as a general manager.
Sure, that's one more Stanley Cup win than any Leafs GM since 1967, but I would hope that the Leafs next general manager is a far more successful hockey executive than Gainey.