The Toronto Maple Leafs dealt defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and the 94th overall pick to the St. Louis Blues for blueliner Roman Polak. 

Carl Gunnarsson dealt to the Blues for Roman Polak.

Carl Gunnarsson dealt to the Blues for 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.