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And just like that, what had been a sleepy NHL trade market gets a huge jolt of caffeine.

Not surprisingly, Brian Burke was at the epicenter of things. Burke, the Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager has long said that trades are good for the NHL because they create great interest. Well, he sure did his part in getting tongues wagging Sunday morning, while in the process adding some very important pieces to the Maple Leafs' future.

Here are the deals:

Maple Leafs swap forwards Niklas Hagman, Matt Stajan and Jamal Mayers, plus defenseman Ian White for defensemen Dion Phaneuf and Keith Aulie and forward Fredrik Sjostrom.

Maple Leafs trade goalie Vesa Toskala and forward Jason Blake to Anaheim for goalie Jean-Sebastian Giguere.

In Calgary, GM Darryl Sutter, who denied any interest in making a deal last week, grabbed his slumping team's attention in a big way by partnering with Burke on a good, old fashioned blockbuster.

Burke's second trade, with the Anaheim Ducks for goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, has a bigger impact on the Leafs, but solidifies the Ducks' goaltending situation conclusively.

Let's take a closer look at how the trades impact the respective teams.

Toronto Maple Leafs -- Burke loves big, physical defensemen like Phaneuf, who had been the subject of trade rumors in recent weeks and who hadn't meshed especially well with new Flames coach Brent Sutter this season.

Phaneuf's 10 goals and 12 assists in 55 games are not bad numbers for a defenseman for sure, but his whole body of work this season has not lived up to his burgeoning reputation after being selected with the ninth pick in the 2003 Entry Draft. But that will all change now. Phaneuf, still just 24, will play a ton of minutes for coach Ron Wilson, and he is now the centerpiece on which Burke will build the Leafs.

Aulie is another big defenseman, 6-foot-6, 208, and has been playing in the AHL this season. He was a player Burke wanted to add to the organization and it wouldn't be a stretch to see Aulie with the Leafs in short order.

"Excellent skater for a big man," Burke said of Aulie, just 20. "This is a guy we coveted and had to work very hard to get him in the deal. We think he's going to be a real good NHL player down the road for a long time."

As for Phaneuf, Burke couldn't have been more effusive in his praise.

"This guy's a warrior. He's got a cannon for a shot. He plays the game hard … I want players who play the game hard because they're hard to play against," he said.

In Giguere, Burke acquired the goaltender he won the Stanley Cup with in 2007 when both were with Anaheim and a player for whom Burke has great respect. Giguere had dropped behind Jonas Hiller as the Ducks' top goalie this season and with Hiller signed to a contract extension this week, Ducks GM Bob Murray couldn't afford to keep both.

This season, Giguere, 32, was 4-8-0 with one shutout, a 3.14 GAA and .900 save percentage in 20 games for the Ducks.

Sjostrom seems to be overlooked everywhere he goes. The former Phoenix Coyotes' top pick in 2001 (No. 11) is a very good defensive player and penalty killer, but he isn't likely to add much in the way of offense.

So, the Leafs cemented their defense in a big way, but they also shipped out a lot of offense, but as Burke said, he isn't done with the makeover of the Maple Leafs either.

"It takes some offense out of our lineup and that's the next question … who replaces that offense we lost today, but it puts a major weapon on the blue line and makes us much more difficult to play (against)."
 

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that is a lot of players moving around and will change the overall looks of a few franchises. Will be interesting to see how quickly they can react to the new personnel. Sometimes these trades take a while to actually be successful as new players take time to learn to play with their new teammates.
 

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TVDinner wrote:
that is a lot of players moving around and will change the overall looks of a few franchises. Will be interesting to see how quickly they can react to the new personnel. Sometimes these trades take a while to actually be successful as new players take time to learn to play with their new teammates.
Very true James, but i think it cant get any worse for the leafs, something MAJOR had to be done, and Brian Burke is the best for that, Dion phaneuf is a fantastic player, Has a cannon of a shot, which improves our powerplay, and is incredibly tough to play against, Giguere is a great pick up too, i liked toskala but he just want cutting it, You need to work from the net out, Another thing i might add... most of the players the leafs traded today become free agents at the end of the season, good time to get them out, and actually recieve something back :)
 

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Dane;

I know I'm a lot older then you but if you like hockey there are two old movies you should see:

1)Slap Shot
[flash=425,344]http://www.youtube.com/v/vW67agGgWAM&hl=en&fs=1[/flash]

2) Youngblood
[flash=425,344]http://www.youtube.com/v/-WgsYR76pkU&hl=en&fs=1[/flash]
 

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Did you see this one?

[flash=425,344]http://www.youtube.com/v/a80x06Wn91U&hl=en&fs=1[/flash]
 

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dane1991 wrote:
will have to give that a watch on a rainy day :b:b
Isn't that every day? :%:c:%:c:%
 

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Random post but i am watching hockey, and in the interval i noticed that one of the female presenters is wearing a gorgeous Renato wilde-beast!! i sure hope mine looks that eye catching lol :)
 

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Was it a limited edition? :t:t:t:t
 
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