Brad May a Maple Leaf

leafsThanks to a tip from Elvis, we called this one. The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a trade, acquiring Brad May from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional sixth round draft pick in 2010.

May has been around forever, and is a toughie. And Brian Burke likes the tough character guys. It's only a 6th round pick, so we'll label this with our favourite term of 2006.

Meh.


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Al

What the hell is he doing giving up ANY draft picks for old guys! This just goes to show that the Leafs still don't get it. They can't even lose right. You watch, Ottawa is having this crappy year, but when they draft Tavares, they'll come back and be good again for another decade.

January 7, 2009 @ 1:07 PM

Argie

Al,

Its only a 6th round draft pick (i.e. a bag of pucks).

January 7, 2009 @ 1:17 PM

Al

It doesn't matter, why is it that teams like Detroit can turn late picks into good players, but not Toronto? In my opinion, there is no good reason for this trade, May isn't going to help this team finish last, he might even help them into the playoffs which is the last thing they need.

January 7, 2009 @ 1:30 PM

Ed

There have been a number of great players taken in the 6th round though; Pavel Datsyk, Daniel Alfreddson come to mind but I'm sure there are more. I know you are more than likely to get a dud, but is 3 months of Brad May worth it? I don't think so. I would rather have Andre Devaux on the ice than Brad May.

January 7, 2009 @ 1:31 PM

felix

Woo hoo! Brad May!

January 7, 2009 @ 1:34 PM

Al

Sykora & Franzen were third-rounders, Zetterberg was a 7th-rounder, Holmstrom was a 10th-rounder! Why is it that good teams seem to be able to find those diamonds in the rough? Oh, yeah, because they're good teams.

January 7, 2009 @ 1:34 PM

Ed

Al,

you would think/hope that, especially now with the salary cap, that the leafs would be spending the most of any team on scouting to make sure they got the best players. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be the case. Is there any information available out there for what teams are spending on coaches/scouting/trainers/etc for a comparison from team to team?

January 7, 2009 @ 1:46 PM

elvis

The snow is really making waiting on Yonge for the Cup to come by really shitty.

January 7, 2009 @ 1:48 PM

James Edgar

Meh is right.

January 7, 2009 @ 2:01 PM

Al

Ed, you would think, but I don't have that much faith in MLSE's ability to make that kind of intelligent decision.

Elvis, when there's a Cup Parade on Yonge, there will be snow in other, less hospitable places such as hell. BTW, happy birthday tomorrow.

Meh is right.

January 7, 2009 @ 3:23 PM

LEW

Burke has a thing for May. He gave up too much to get him here in Vancouver - he has hands of stone, takes bad penalties and he was our third best fighter on a soft team.
On top of the players mentioned by the posters above, the more picks you have, the more you can parcel and move up on draft day.
Bad move, but Burke leads with his heart - does this mean he'll try and lure Bert to Leafland?

January 7, 2009 @ 3:26 PM


Fredericton Steve

I wouldn't classify this as a bad move. It's a conditional 6th round pick which means we may only give up the pick if he re-signs with the team.

Either way, this team needs a guy who is tough and can drop the gloves instead of Luke Schenn.

January 7, 2009 @ 4:54 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

Congradulations Leafs, nice move, May should put you over the top, take one of those young kids out for a 38 year old washed up fighter. Since 2001-2002 he has scored a grand total of 14 goals.....Leafs, all the way to the cup!

January 7, 2009 @ 5:31 PM

Stephanie Wilkinson

1990 just called. They want him and his polo shirts back.

January 7, 2009 @ 7:56 PM

Kathleen

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!

January 8, 2009 @ 11:51 AM

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