The Leafs search for a Centerman

It seems like most things have stayed the same after the 2012 NHL entry draft as far as the Toronto Maple Leafs are concerned. With the exception of a long rumored trade taking place after the 2nd draft day in Pittsburgh, the Leafs by in large stayed the course. There was talk though apres draft that the Luke Schenn for JVR trade was just the beginning of Burkes wheelings and dealings this offseason.

As for the draft itself there was one major trade that occurred with Jordan Staal, a studly center for the penguins, going to Carolina to play with his brother Eric in exchange for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and the 8th overall pick in this years draft. Lauded for this deals parity of value exchanged Pittsburgh got rid of Staal a cornerstone to their franchise over the last 6 seasons and got back a somewhat lesser version of Staal in Brandon Sutter but with potential to grow behind Crosby and Malkin, they got a defensive prospect and a top 10 draft pick this year that they used to get Kris Letang's heir apparent, Derrick Pouliot. The fourth thing that the Penguins got out of this deal was cap space to chase either Parise or Suter if they get to free agency. They also unloaded Zbynek Michalek to the Phoenix Coyotes presumably to free up cap space for one or more high profile UFA signings this summer.