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    Sharks acquire three Leafs picks (1st & 2nd round)

    Draft day is on: Sharks acquire three Leafs picks
    Associated Press
    Updated: June 22, 2007, 2:44 PM ET

    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks traded goalie Vesa Toskala and forward Mark Bell to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday for three draft picks, including a first-rounder, in the first big deal of NHL draft day.

    Toskala teamed up with Evgeni Nabokov over the previous three seasons to form one of the NHL's best goaltending tandems. But both players' desire to be starters prompted general manager Doug Wilson to give up a homegrown talent in exchange for draft picks.

    The Sharks got the choice to take Toronto's first-round pick Friday _--13th overall -- or next season's pick. San Jose also got the Maple Leafs' second-round pick -- 44th overall -- and a fourth-round pick in 2009.

    The Maple Leafs picked up a tested veteran goalie who will challenge Andrew Raycroft for their starting job. Despite playing behind Nabokov down the stretch run, Toskala went 26-10-1 for San Jose last season with a 2.35 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage -- both better numbers than Raycroft.

    Toskala led the Sharks into the second round of the playoffs in 2006, then improved his statistics last season despite injuries. Though Nabokov _ who won the Calder Trophy in San Jose in 2001 _ makes much more money, he might be a cheaper long-term investment than the 30-year-old Toskala, who is only under contract through next season.

    Bell flopped in his only season in San Jose, managing just 11 goals and 10 assists in 71 games after being projected as Joe Thornton's left wing when he joined the club in a trade with Chicago.

    Bell, arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and felony hit-and-run before he even played a game in San Jose, has two years and $4.5 million remaining on the contract he signed after joining the Sharks.

    Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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    Wow Sean. Do you think this was worth it?
    Last edited by Banks81; 06-22-2007 at 03:05 PM. Reason: to include link

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    Quote Originally Posted by Banks81
    Wow Sean. Do you think this was worth it?
    Yikes. This came as a shock. Looks like it was pricey but it is worth it because we acquired a legit #1 goalie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Ryan
    Yikes. This came as a shock. Looks like it was pricey but it is worth it because we acquired a legit #1 goalie.

    However, the Leafs keep going to the well too many times. The league has changed, and the Leafs philosophy has not. They keep trading all their draft picks away and never growing a farm system of their own talent. Most teams who are successful do this. The Leafs can't keep buying all the pieces to the puzzle, they need to start retooling from home.

    Problem is, with the market the way it is, they can't risk having 3-4 bad seasons while doing so. Those teachers don't want their pension investment at risk, so they keep trying to buy their way into scraping by, without ever truly building a great team...

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