Leafs Make Another Move, Bruins Address Center Void

Brian Burke promised he wasn’t done dealing, after shipping Kris Versteeg to Philadelphia for a 1st and 3rd round pick. He followed through on that yesterday, pulling off a deal with his former employers, the Anaheim Ducks.

The Maple Leafs shipped a conditional 7th round pick to the Ducks to acquire Aaron Voros. This marks the second time in his career the Vancouver, B.C. native has been traded for a 7th rounder, the first time coming in 2007 when New Jersey sent him to Minnesota.

Voros has proven he can be effective, when healthy, contributing some offense as well as physical play. He should fit right in with the “truculent” style of play that Brian Burke is so fond of. At the present time, he has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

The Bruins have been rumored to be in the market for a center for a long time, with #1 pivot Marc Savard’s career potentially over. Chris Kelly isn’t the answer to their prayers for a number one center, with his career high in points a mere 38 four years ago. He does however add some depth to the position and will likely slide into the number three spot, behind David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron.

The Senators add a second round pick in the deal, making that the third early round pick they’ve added in a week (picking up Nashville’s 1st and 2nd (or third, conditionally) in the deal for Mike Fisher. GM Bryan Murray seems to recognize that his team needs a complete rebuild, and by stockpiling early picks that should ease the process.

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I wouldn’t think that Ottawa is done dealing, either. I believe Alexei Kovalev, Jarkko Ruutu, and Chris Phillips are all definitely in play, as well as maybe some others.

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