With the Ducks signing Jonas Hiller to a four year $18 million contract extension you got the feeling that Jean-Sebastien Giguere would probably be traded or bought out. This morning it was announced that the Toronto Maple Leafs made two big trades. The first trade was between the Leafs and the Calgary Flames. The Flames traded hard hitting defenseman Dion Phaneuf, forward Fredrik Sjostrom, and defenseman Keith Aulie to the Maple Leafs for forwards Matt Stajan, Jamal Mayers, Niklas Hagman, and defenseman Ian White. The second trade was between the Leafs and the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks traded goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the Leafs for goalie Vesa Toskala and forward Jason Blake.
I think the Leafs got the best in both deals as they’re getting Phaneuf who is one of the best hitters in the league, a good offensive defenseman, and even though he is having a down season I think he will improve on his play. The Leafs though did give up a lot of their offense in these two trades by sending Stajan, Hagman, and Blake elsewhere. Getting Giguere definitely improves their goaltending as Toskala has been awful. I guess we’ll have to wait and watch and see who ends up with the better of these trades.