The Toronto Maple Leafs dealt defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and the 94th overall pick to the St. Louis Blues for blueliner Roman Polak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m guessing this move was done by the Leafs to provide more grit to their blueline.
Though a couple of inches shorter than the 6-2 Gunnarsson, Polak is heavier (235 lbs) and plays a more physical style. Polak’s cap hit ($2.75 million) is also cheaper than Gunnarsson’s ($3.15 million).
Though under-appreciated by Leafs fans, Gunnarsson has a long reach and plays a smart game in his own zone. He can also play bigger minutes than Polak. Gunnarsson is coming off a hip injury, but if he’s made a full recovery, I’d give the edge in this deal to the Blues.