Dreger: ‘I’m okay with what Toronto did’

Now that the dust has settled on the trade deadline, the second-guessing on your team’s general manager can begin… or continue.

Darren Dreger had a Tuesday morning radio hit on Toronto’s TSN 1050.

The entry point to this part of the discussion was a level of surprise that the Leafs couldn’t top what was a relatively low trade price for Wayne Simmonds from the Philadelphia Flyers, who went to the Nashville Predators for Ryan Hartman and a conditional draft pick.

“Well, fair enough,” allowed Dreger. “But I think the price would have been a little bit higher before Chuck Fletcher and the Philadelphia Flyers ultimately ending up closing on the deal that sent Simmonds to the Nashville Predators.

“Our understanding is that deal literally came in right under the wire. Like, they closed on it 2:57 - three minutes shy of 3:00, the deadline. And normally when that happens it’s just out of sheer panic.

“Now, I don’t know if the Toronto Maple Leafs made an offer. But maybe Dubas didn’t because he knew that he wasn’t going to give Chuck Fletcher a roster player, and that was a big deal to Chuck Fletcher and the Flyers. They wanted a roster player, and they end up getting that in Hartman.

“The Winnipeg Jets - Cheveldayoff was a star yesterday in everything that he maneuvered in adding depth on his blueline, and obviously Kevin Hayes was the big piece. But guys, he came real close to getting Wayne Simmonds as well, at about 2:40.

“So the only reason I introduce that at this point of the conversation is to tell you how busy Philadelphia was trying to move Wayne Simmonds. So Toronto might have been in a little earlier.

“I know, as Bob reported, they did make a call to the Carolina Hurricanes about an hour before the deadline on Mike Ferland, and there wasn’t a fit. There wasn’t a connection there. I think that has more to do, again, with what Don Waddell and the Carolina Hurricanes were looking for as opposed to Toronto not wanting to overpay for Mike Ferland.

“The Carolina Hurricanes are a playoff team, and even going into the deadline Waddell made it clear unless somebody was willing to overpay to get Ferland, he was keeping him as his own rental. So maybe he asked for Johnsson, Andreas Johnsson. Well, that’s probably not going to fly -  obviously wouldn’t from Dubas’ perspective.

“So I’m okay with what Toronto did. Yeah, they didn’t do much. They bring in a change of scenery player in Nic Petan from the Winnipeg Jets, but the onus is on the group now, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”


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