In case you haven't heard yet. The Leafs, Flames, and Ducks all pulled the trigger on some big trades today. Read the story on TSN.ca here.
The Leafs traded Jamal Mayers, Ian White, Niklas Hagman, and Matt Stajan to the Flames for Phaneuf, Sjostrom, and Brandon Wheat King Defenseman, Keith Auile.
In a completely separate trade, the Leafs sent Toskala and Blake packing while opening the door to J.S. Giguere. Since Anaheim recently signed Jonas Hiller to a 4 year contract extension on Saturday, Giggy became expendable.
Despite two big trades, Brian Burke the GM of the Leafs said he's not done yet, so expect another move or two from the Leafs before the trade deadline.
Calgary got a couple forwards that are going to add a little bit of scoring punch in Stajan and Hagman. Something they've been lacking all season. While the Flames also picked up a capable 5th or 6th defenseman in Ian White. Jamal Mayers is the prototypical Sutter player with his physical play.
Anaheim benefits by getting a goalie that can play #1 minutes, and mentor the young Hiller, while staying out of the hockey centered media spotlight that most likely caused him to falter in Toronto. Blake will be a good fit with the younger, and older players like Selanne, that have something left to give in terms of offensive output.
Toronto gets a couple players that can help teach the young Jonas Gustavson and Luke Schenn the ropes of the NHL, as well as stick around for a while to give the Leaf fans some hope while the team begins a long rebuild.