Forum and wire reports, Published January 31 2010
NHL: Leafs trade Blake, NHLer from Moorhead going to AnaheimTORONTO – Moorhead’s Jason Blake was part of a seven-player deal Sunday as the Toronto Maple Leafs shook up their struggling club, acquiring defenseman Dion Phaneuf from the Calgary Flames and swapping goalies with Anaheim to get J.S. Giguere.
Along with Phaneuf, Toronto received Keith Aulie and Fredrik Sjostrom from Calgary in exchange for Ian White, Matt Stajan, Nick Hagman and Jamal Mayers. The Maple Leafs also traded goalie Vesa Toskala to Anaheim for Giguere. Toronto is winless in its last six games and is sitting in a tie with Carolina for last in the Eastern Conference.
The 36-year-old Blake, had 10 goals and 16 assists in 56 games with the Maple Leafs this season. He was in the midst of his third season with Toronto after playing for the New York Islanders during the 2001 to 2007 seasons, and for the Los Angeles Kings from the 1999 to 2001 seasons.
Blake still has two full seasons left on the five-year, $20 million deal the Leafs signed him to back in July 2007 following his 40-goal campaign in 2006-07 with the Isles. Blake has scored just 50 goals in 216 games for the Leafs since signing that deal.