Friday, June 20, 2008

Leafs acquire Mayers

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has acquired a 2008 3rd round draft pick, 70th overall, from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Jamal Mayers.

“I want to thank Jamal for everything he has done for the Blues and the city of St. Louis,” said Davidson. “We wish Jamal and his family nothing but the best in his hometown of Toronto.”
>> team release
An interesting move for the rebuilding Maple Leafs, who take on a quality 33-year-old checking-line winger whose cap hit is $1.33-million for 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Toronto really only has eight forwards signed at the moment, so this is likely simply a matter of getting a body to help out.

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At 3:55 a.m., June 20, 2008, Blogger The Puck Stops Here said...

Its interesting. I had a bit of a debate with David Johnson on my blog about the Leaf situation (he thinks they are doing the right thing keeping "interim" GM Cliff Fletcher).

I can paraphrase one of David's comments that Fletcher will do a good job unless he signs a bunch of 30-something players...

Of course the reality is *somebody* must play for the Leafs and they must make the salary floor, but I would think they could find a Jamal Mayers equivalent player as a free agent and not have spent a draft pick to get him.

At 9:10 a.m., June 20, 2008, Blogger Chemmy said...

*sounds of airplanes crashing*

At 9:16 a.m., June 20, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

Realistically, only a tiny percentage of third round picks become impact players in the NHL. By taking Mayers instead, Fletcher gets rid of that last shred of doubt...

At 9:55 a.m., June 20, 2008, Blogger Down Goes Brown said...

Mayers immediately becomes the Leafs toughest player. By far.

That's both somewhat encouraging and incredibly depressing at the same time.


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