It is pretty much 24- hour hockey for Canadianâ€™s this time of year so when the ticker on my television screen announced that the Toronto Rock had traded Colin Doyle to San Jose this afternoon, you know itâ€™s a big deal. My first guess was that Toronto had made a trade for goaltender Anthony Cosmo. Itâ€™s not that Toronto needed Cosmo – Bob Watson is still one of the best goalies in the world â€“ itâ€™s just that like Colin Doyle, Anthony Cosmo is a world class player and he had requested a trade from San Jose last summer. I also thought of Luke Wiles, a great young talent who scored 17 goals and 49 points in his rookie year last season. Wiles is from Orillia, Ontario (one hour north of Toronto) and helps run the family business in Orillia. Maybe San Jose had agreed to trade him so he could play closer to home.
I was shocked when I saw that Toronto had traded the NLLâ€™s 5th all-time leading scorer with 685 points for three players who have amassed a total 63 points in their three combined seasons. In return for Colin Doyle, Darren Halls and a 2007 first round pick, Toronto gets third year player Chad Thompson (46 career points), sophomore Kevin Fines (17 career points) and rookie Ryan Benesch (San Joseâ€™s number one draft pick) and San Joseâ€™s first round picks in 2008 and 2009.