Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Francis a Maple Leaf at Deadline

With the trading deadline over now today at 3 PM EST, there were indeed some shocking trades and developments in the National Hockey League.

Veteran Center and all around classy guy, Ron Francis, was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a 4th round draft pick. In what is sure to be seen as a playoff rental, Francis was expected to finish his career with the organization that he is mostly associated with in Hartford/Carolina. He also spent a long time earning respect as a role player on the Pittsburgh Penguins teams during the 90's winning a cup with them in '92.

The Vancouver Canucks warned everybody that their moves to improve their roster would be calm and logical. They went out to several sources like the Rangers and got Rucinsky (for R.J. Umburger who grew up in Pittsburgh and many Pens fans wanted R.J. to come home) and Geoff Sanderson from Columbus.
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