Leafs Trade Tlusty to Hurricanes

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The Maple Leafs have traded Jiri Tlusty to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Philippe Paradis, who was a first round pick in the 2009 draft.

The trade comes as no surprise to many as Tlusty has been a big disappointment this season.

After excelling at the AHL level, putting up 66 points in 66 games last season, the Leafs and their fans expected Tlusty to bring his game to the next level and have an impact with the Leafs this season.

Unfortunately, Tlusty was merely just a backdrop in what was an impressive showing by the Leafs' young players in training camp. He failed to impress Ron Wilson and as a result found himself right back in the AHL this season. Tlusty needed to step his game up because the Leafs don't need another third line player, they need a difference maker.

In return the Leafs receive prospect Philippe Paradis, who the Hurricanes selected in the first round, 27th overall in the 2009 Draft. Paradis is back in junior this season playing in the QMJHL with Shawinigan. He is not known for his offense, but rather his toughness and grit according to the hockey's future website.

Based on that you can see that he is what most would call a "Burke-like" player. He stands 6'2", and weighs 195 lbs.

It's sad to see Tlusty and all his potential go, but it is the right thing for both parties. I can honestly see Tlusty excelling in Carolina.

Tlusty quickly realized in his first pro season with the Leafs that Toronto is not your average hockey city. People will take notice, and nude photos of a Leafs player on the internet will be a very big deal in the city of Toronto.

It's possible that Tlusty could not play under the pressure in Toronto. He excelled with the Marlies because there wasn't nearly as much pressure there. I really do think that he will take his game to the next level in Carolina.

Best of luck Tlusty!

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