EARL FOR HAMILTON
The Minnesota Wild acquired forward Robbie Earl from the Toronto Maple Leafs for winger Ryan Hamilton.
What does it give the Minnesota Wild
Earl has the speed the Wild love, but he has yet to put it all together. He should get a boost playing a more systematic game under the Wild umbrella. Earl is a low-risk/high-reward acquisition for Minny.
What does it give the Toronto Maple Leafs
GM Brian Burke loves toughness, so this is his second move in that direction--after adding Brad May from Anaheim. Hamilton has a chance to land at least a part-time enforcer role with the Maple Leafs next season. Burke sacrificed some upside in dealing Earl for an organizational need: Toughness.