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The Beginning of Our Woes: A Short History of Trades - Part 2 (2006-2007)

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His sense of fashion should have clued us in on his coaching abilities

The 2005-2006 season was a disappointing season for the Leafs (despite a decent season on the trade front). In no small part due to a horrendous stretch where we won only 3 games from the middle of January to the beginning of March (a span of 17 games no less), we missed the playoffs for the first time since 1998. The poor result cost the job of head coach Pat Quinn, leading to the hiring of Paul Maurice (who's Canes somehow beat the Leafs in the series that should not be spoken of). John Ferguson Jr. also vowed to shake up the team and bring the players who can help the Leafs not only make it back to the playoffs, but also capable of winning the Stanley Cup. Yeah, I know, no, I'm not kidding. With the benefit of hindsight, we know when JFJ tries to improve something, the opposite usually happens through sheer incompetence. So let's take a stroll and see how JFJ tried to improve the team through trades shall we?

Trade 1 - June 15th, 2006

To Toronto Maple Leafs: 2006 NHL Draft Pick - 7th Round

To Boston Bruins: Petr Tenkrat (RW)

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Raise your hands if you know who Petr Tenkrat is!

Verdict - Push

The first trade of 2006 was a trade of insignificance. Apparently we claimed Tenkrat from the Blue Jackets in 2003, but he stayed in Europe throughout that time and did not suit up for a Leafs affiliate during his time in the organization. After moving to the bruins, he actually got into 64 games for the Bruins, scoring 9 goals and 5 assists in 2006-2007, but he was also a horrendous -16 (despite the fact that +/- is never an accurate gauge of a player's effectiveness, this still paints a pretty piss poor picture of his contribution), so not sure if he actually improved the Bruins or made it worse. After 2007 he moved back to Europe and has been playing in his native Czech Republic.

The leafs received a 7th round pick for a player that never suited up for them, but the 7th round pick didn't mount to much either so... it's hard to call a winner on this one, push it is.

Interesting Fact -

Tenkrat also represented Czech Republic in the World Inline Hockey Championship in 2008. Did you know there was such a thing? Oh? It's just me that didn't know such a thing existed? Okay then.

Trade 2 - June 24th, 2006

To Toronto Maple Leafs: 2006 NHL Entry Draft - 2 4th Round Picks (James Reimer - G, Korbinian Holzer - D)

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Don't worry guys, you can resume your statue building this season (Is this my optimism talking?)

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To Chicago Blackhawks: 2006 NHL Entry Draft - 3rd Round (Tony Lagerstrom - LW)

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I got drafted into the NHL?! Why didn't anyone tell me about that?

Verdict - Win (Marginal)

It's hard not to be swayed by the results of the two picks we received from Chicago. We were able to turn the two 4th round picks in the same NHL entry draft into two NHL players, while the pick we sent the other way became a player that has yet to make an appearance in North America. But on the other hand, draft picks at that point has less to do with skill and more to do with luck. We hit the jackpot with Reimer and (to a lesser degree) Holzer. However, it could have been easily the other way around. However the fact that we identified that we had no one in the 3rd round we wanted and changed that into 2 4th round picks on players we did want should rank as a win (especially with the benefit of hindsight).

Interesting Fact -

For a team with such a dismal drafting record, the 2006 NHL Entry draft was actually quite kind to the Leafs. Out of the 7 picks the Leafs had, 5 of them has played in the NHL (6, if you include Leo Komarov who by all means should break camp this season). The full list? Jiri Tlusty, Nikolai Kulemin, James Reimer, Korbinian Holzer, and Victor Stalberg. The two that didn't? Leo Komarov (who will have a chance to change that this season), and Tyler Ruegsegger. Now Tlusty and Stalberg played the majority of their NHL career elsewhere, but the fact that we were able to draft so many NHLers must count for something right?

Trade 3 - June 24th, 2006

To Toronto Maple Leafs: 2006 NHL Entry Draft - 6th Round (Victor Stalberg - LW)

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Colt 45 strikes again (that was his nickname right?)

To Phoenix Coyotes: 2006 NHL Entry Draft - 2 7th Round picks (Chris Frank - D, Benn Ferriero - C)

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Not signing with Phoenix might have been the best decision he has made thus far

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This was the only picture I can find of Chris Frank, so... yeah.

Verdict - Push

This was another trade that barely made a ripple back in 2006. After all, this was a shuffling of some low rounds between two teams. But six years from now, 2 out of the 3 players are consistent NHLers, which is something you can't really expect out of 6th/7th round draft picks. Stalberg had a better career out of the three by far, scoring 22 goals last season for the Chicago Blackhawks, while Ferriero was able to get into 33 games with the Sharks last season and had 7 goals during that span.

The reason why this is a push is because Stalberg and Ferriero did not made the impact that their original draft teams. Stalberg played a half season with the leafs, and then was traded away to Chicago for Kris Veersteg (something we will talk more about in the future), and Phoenix didn't even get to sign Ferriero, who was instead picked up by the Sharks as a free-agent in 2009. This is a push despite the better career of the Leafs draft pick.

Interesting Fact -

Despite being picked in the 7th round, Benn Ferriero wasn't even the last player to be picked in 2006 who has played in the NHL. There are three players picked later than him who has made it to the show: Arturs Kulda (Jets/Thrasher), John McCarthy (Sharks), and Erik Condra (Senators) who was picked 211 overall and the 3rd last pick. A pretty productive 7th round.

Trade 4 - June 24th, 2006

To Toronto Maple Leafs: Andrew Raycroft (G)

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After I'm done playing here, you guys won't forget the name of Andrew Raycroft

To Boston Bruins - Tuukka Rask (G)

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The face that only a blind mother can love

Verdict - Did you really have to ask?

This was the first disastrous trade since 2005, and boy, was it ever a terrible trade. Andrew Raycroft had a great rookie campaign in 2003-2004, where he won the Calder trophy and carried the Bruins. However in the first season after the lockout, Raycroft had an atrocious .879 save percentage and a 3.70 (!) GAA in 30 games. Somehow John Ferguson Jr. decided this was the man that was supposed to solve the goal-tending situation after the departure of Ed Belfour. What's worse, JFJ gave up arguably the best goalie prospect in the system for him. This is almost akin to someone trading a Cory Schneider for Steve Mason. This trade didn't really make sense then and still doesn't make sense now.

This trade represented what was wrong with the JFJ era. He had no long-term plans, but always looked for the shortcuts to fix the Leafs with no regard for the future. I don't think people would've minded in asking for Raycroft in 2006, who showed briefly he could play in the NHL, but not at the price the Bruins asked for.

I'm sure the rest of the story is well-known to all Leafs fans. But Rask is now one of the best young goaltenders in the NHL for the Bruins and is the heir apparent for Tim Thomas, while Raycroft played 72 games in that season, had a sub .900 Save percentage. He then promptly lost the #1 job to Vesa Toskala the next season. He has then played in Vancouver, Colorado, and Dallas, mostly in a backup role.

Interesting Fact -

I'm sure you are all dying to know, but Raycroft has signed for Milano Rossoblu in Italy for the 2012-2013 season. They have hockey in Italy? We should've sent him there long long ago.

Trade 5 - November 29th, 2006

To Toronto Maple Leafs: Tyson Nash (LW) and 2007 NHL Entry Draft - 4th Round (Matt Frattin - RW)

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Ho hum, looks like I just killed someone, no big deal

To Phoenix Coyotes: Mikael Tellqvist (G)

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Is that what I'm supposed to be stopping? Oh boy this explains a lot

Verdict - Push

With the signing of Raycroft, it meant that it was the end of line for one-time goalie heir apparent Mikael Tellqvist. I always liked Tellqvist when I was a kid, he was supposed to be the next great goaltender in Toronto after Joseph and Belfour. Too bad things never worked out that way.

In 2006-2007, Jean-Sebastian Aubin was entrusted with the backup role after he went on a late season 9-0-2 run in 2006 with a .921 SV% (SSS Alert!) that almost dragged the Leafs kicking and screaming into the playoffs. JFJ thought Raycroft and Aubin would make a potent 1-2 punch and felt Tellqvist was excess requirement on the team. Boy, was JFJ ever wrong: Raycroft was terrible, and Aubin was somehow even worse that season, ending with a .876 SV% and a GAA of 3.43 (wow, did we play in the 80s in that season?!). Man, doesn't that make Jonas Gustavsson seem like an all-star?

With that being said though, it is very unlikely that Tellqvist would've helped with the goaltending situation that season. In 30 games with Phoenix, he had a GAA of 3.39 (!!) and a .885 SV%, not a great number by any stretch of the imagination. In return, we got Tyson Nash who would never suit up with the big club and a fourth-round pick that turned into our favourite lawn mower enthusiast Matt Frattin. With this in mind, this trade would be best described as a push.

Interesting Fact -

Nothing really interesting here, other than the curious effect it had on my alcoholism when I was looking up our goalie situation during that time. Jesus what a shit show.

Trade 6 - February 27th, 2007

To Toronto Maple Leafs: Yanic Perreault (C), and 2007 NHL Entry Draft - 5th Round

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Yanic Perreault, NHL All-Star. Sounds weird right?

To Phoenix Coyotes: Brendan Bell (D), and 2007 NHL Entry Draft - 2nd Round

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Brendan Bell with the Sens stink on him

Verdict - Loss

Ugh. So in a sign of things of things to come, we gave up a prospect and 2nd round draft pick for a third tour of duty of Yanic Perreault. With the team on the bubble, JFJ decided to give up a useful piece of the re-building process for Yanic Perreault, a somewhat surprising all-star for the Phoenix Coyotes earlier that season, believing that he would help us get to the Playoffs. Perreault has always been one of the best faceoff man, and under the right situations, he was a good secondary scoring option (scoring 22 goals the previous season with the Preds). But this would be his last productive season in the NHL, and in the 17 games after he came over for the trade, he scored only 2 goals and 3 assists. For that, we gave up a prospect defenseman (who had one productive season with the Sens) and a second round pick. This is a over-payment by any means of the imagination.

Interesting Fact -

Now the interesting thing is that from what I can tell, the draft pick swap never happened. That season Phoenix would maintain their own 5th round pick and grabbed Maxim Goncharov, while the 2nd rounder we had was sent to San Jose as a part of the Toskala trade. What happened here? Why did those two picks revert back to their owner? Anyone remembers why or how?

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