Leafs trade Polak, Spaling to Sharks for 2017, 2018 2nd Round picks, Raffi Torres

Mondays, am I right?

A little after 8:30 on Monday morning, the Leafs announced they’d traded two of their upcoming UFA assets to San Jose- Roman Polak and Nick Spaling- in exchange for a second-round pick in each of 2017 and 2018, as well as Raffi Torres.

Having already acquired 12 picks for the 2016 draft, it looks like the Leafs are now nearing the end of picking up assets for this year, and now are looking more for the future. (See more from Ryan Fancey here.)

Additionally, the Leafs announced shortly after they don’t really want Raffi Torres, but rather are just looking to eat a bit of his salary. Torres stays with the San Jose Barracuda, for now, in a similar vein to how Matt Frattin is still with the Marlies despite being traded to Ottawa. 

More on this trade later, of course, but at first glance this seems to be a very, very nice return.

  • Harte of a Lion

    If someone told me we’d get a 2nd for Polak, I’d say that’s awesome.

    If someone told me we’d get a 2nd for Nick Spaling, I’d say you’re crazy.

    Big win for the Leafs.

  • TGT23

    The 2nd for Polak was expected. The 2nd for Spalling? Thank you! And Torres coming off the books is all the more sweet.

    I was skeptical of Luo when they hired him but damn… he has made some great moves in this early stage of the rebuild. Kudos to the entire F.O thus far.

    • Gary Empey

      Actually, no they are not. Any trade requires a partner willing to give up something and it’s only worth doing if you get something useful in return. During this rebuild, fans likely thought we would get nothing for our assets. A good front office understands how to make the players look good for potential deals. A Phaneuf trade with no salary retention, Matthias for a prospect and pick and now this. The Leafs are demonstrating excellent asset management.

      Polak was worth a 2nd round pick. I suspect we got the other 2nd round pick for taking on Torres salary. We likely wanted Spaling included in the deal to reduce the number of contracts (max 50) in order to make more moves nearer to the TDL. This was a smart deal because the Sharks will only get worse in the next couple of years making the picks more valuable.

  • Harte of a Lion

    We are off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Lou, he really is the magic man. I hope the doubters choked on their coffee when they read about the trade.

    A second for Spaling? WOW!

  • Harte of a Lion

    What I love about this trade is that it effectively makes the Kessel trade a far better return… as we took Nick Spaling and turned him into a 2nd round pick… Making the haul for Kessel be a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, harrington and Kapanen…

    • ccliff

      Exactly! I hope some of these guys we’ve given up come back in the summer on reasonable deals like Winnik did. I really liked all 3 especially Polak and Matthias. It’s probably worth paying a few extra bucks or adding a year or two length to have guys that are playing the right way and have some familiarity with the systems and the room.

  • ccliff

    Now the leaf haters will bring out the stats and yes they are accurate as to how many draft picks actually play more than 100 games in the N.H.L. from the second round down. What they conviently refuse to admit is that the more draft picks you have in the second, third, fourth and fifth round, the better chances of landing a golden nugget. Obviously we have a much better management team and scouting staff. So the odds for the leafs to find some gems is in my humble opinion quite good.

  • Gary Empey

    One of the best part of these trades is the Leafs are moving early. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of buyers this year. I really liked Polak. He has been a good soldier for the Leafs. His age like Phaneuf’s does not really fit the mold of the rebuild.