Leafs, Blues Swap Roman Polak, Carl Gunnarsson

Leafs, Blues Swap Roman Polak, Carl Gunnarsson

Pro Hockey Talk reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs have made a flip on defense, adding rugged St. Louis rearguard Roman Polak in a draft-day trade that sent Swedish blueliner Carl Gunnarsson to the Blues.

Polak, 28, has spent his entire seven-year career with St. Louis and just wrapped up the third of a five-year, $13.75 million deal.

In exchange for Polak, the Leafs sent Gunnarsson and their fourth-round pick (94th overall) to the Blues. Gunnarson, 27, has two years remaining on his three-year, $9.45M deal.

Gunnarsson was a staple of the Toronto blueline last year, just as Polak was for St. Louis, which makes this deal an interesting one.

Both have their fallbacks, as Gunnarsson just had pretty significant hip surgery and Polak had a tough time in the playoffs against the Blackhawks.