Ditching solid, classy Ken Klee for some semblance of value is exactly the sort of moderately tough decision I was advocating yesterday. Replacing him with Luke Richardson for the mind-warpingly outrageous potential cost of fourth and fifth round draft picks is exactly the sort of thing I was arguing against. Nothing against the guy, but he's 18 days shy of his 37th birthday. He was a healthy scratch for the Columbus freaking Blue Jackets as recently as November 25. Even the fifth rounder on its own is an insane price to pay for a player the Leafs simply don't need.
In case anyone's interested, Leafs' fourth, fifth, and lower round picks who have played for the big club this year are as follows: Jay Harrison, Tomas Kaberle, Staffan Kronwall, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Kyle Wellwood.
(Cross-posted to Tart Cider.)