Olaf Kolzig, Jamie Heward and Andy Rogers are Maple Leafs

LeafsStop the presses, we're not quite done yet.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired G Olaf Kolzig, D Jamie Heward, D Andy Rogers and a fourth-round pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for prospect D Richard Petiot.

Where do I start... firstly, I've seen a bunch of Marlies games up close this year, and I know Richard Petiot. I like him, but I actually thought Staffan Kronwall was better, and we let Kronwall go for nothing.

As for the players coming to Toronto, Olaf Kolzig is the biggest name, but he's pushing 40. And didn't we just pick up Martin Gerber? And did we need more back-up goaltenders? We've already got Cujo and Pogge. We now have four back-ups and zero starters.

Jamie Heward is a former Leaf who recently played in Russia. Andy Rogers is a youngster who will likely suit up for the Marlies in place of Petiot. That gives us two Marlies named Rogers (Kyle Rogers is the other) making me wonder if Marlies sponsor Rogers is behind this wacky trade.

Will someone in front of a television explain this one for me? Please...

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The TSN heads are reporting it as a way for the Lightning to not have to pay these guys for the rest of the year to possibly get them in line with the revenue sharing $.

Basically, the Leafs get a 4th round pick, a marginal prospect, and pay $500,000.00 for two pending UFAs, the Lightning save salary and get a marginal prospect.

The net gain: A 4th rounder for paying some guys who are on IR for the rest of the year.

March 4, 2009 @ 5:23 PM

Toronto Mike

I figured it had to have a revenue sharing slant to it.

I thought maybe Olie the Goalie always wanted to retire a Leaf or something like that.

At least we have our first South African born Maple Leaf. It's about time.

March 4, 2009 @ 5:28 PM


Johnny Bower coming out of retirement just to back up back up, back up & back up in case a goalie gets injured.

March 4, 2009 @ 5:43 PM


This is a great deal for one reason - two 40 year old keepers + Gerber = high draft pick this spring.

March 4, 2009 @ 5:50 PM

Toronto Mike

Too bad Olie the Goalie is out for the season.

March 4, 2009 @ 6:39 PM


Told you it was great!

March 4, 2009 @ 6:59 PM

Toronto Mike

Maybe Andy Rogers is the next Ray Bourque?

March 4, 2009 @ 7:15 PM


I'd settle for him being the next Rene Bourque.

March 4, 2009 @ 9:36 PM


How bout Phil Bourque? He would even do.

March 4, 2009 @ 10:04 PM


I must admit that of all the trades this one has me stumped.

March 6, 2009 @ 12:01 PM

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