Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Exelby still may be a King.

Last night a rumor broke that involved yet another Maple Leaf Trade. This time, Garnet Exelby would be on the way out. The trade would see Exelby go to the Kings for a 4th rounder, the expected return for a gritty 5th or 6th defencemen.

What made this more interesting was the fact that after the rumor broke, Exelby did not see another shift on the ice, and while the rest of the team congratulated Giguere on a fantastic debut, Exelby skated right off the ice.

I personally expected to wake up this morning hearing about the continuation of Brian Burke's sudden overhaul, but instead, no deal was made. This could be in relation to the fact that Mike Komisarek is meeting with doctors today, to find out if he will be cleared to play... or if he will need surgery.

This could be holding up a possible deal, if Komisarek gets shut down for the season (or most of the remainder) due to surgery, Burke may keep Exelby and instead waive (or some how try and trade) the more expensive Jeff Finger.

This is a good idea for Burke, as it clears out more cap room for Burkes "buy and sell" deadline technique (as seen in the Phaneuf deal) and and also gets rid of yet another overpaid unmovable contract off the main roster.

One thing is for sure, it's looking as though Exelbys future with the Maple Leafs is in the hands of Mike Komisareks MRI results.

We will have to wait and see, but for now, lets enjoy the speculation and rumors that everyone enjoys.

***UPDATE: Teams updated in Ilya Kovalchuk as per McKenzie's twitter include: Boston, Devils, Rangers, Flyers, Blackhawks, Kings and Flames

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