Nov 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen (20) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Maple Leafs Wanted Kevin Bieksa from Canucks for Alex Steen in 2008

St. Louis Blues winger Alex Steen has been of the league’s biggest scoring threats this season. He is second in goal scoring in the league with 24 goals and has 38 points in 35 games.

Steen could have been in a Canuck in 2008 had the Vancouver Canucks accepted the Toronto Maple Leafs proposal of Steen for defenceman Kevin Bieksa.

From CBC’s Elliotte Friedman:

11. The Toronto trade always comes up whenever Steen is mentioned. But Vancouver was apparently another team the Maple Leafs targeted as a possibility. The ask? Kevin Bieksa. It’s totally understandable why the Canucks didn’t do it. While everyone was still figuring out Steen’s potential – he had four points in 20 games at the time – Bieksa was en route to a 43-point season and a pivotal role on the club.

The Leafs would eventually trade Steen to the Blues along with defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo for winger Lee Stempniak.

In hindsight, it worked out in the end for the Blues and Canucks, but not so much for the Leafs.

Bieksa has developed into a workhorse top-four defenceman and has presence over the past nine seasons has been invaluable to the Canucks.

It looks like the Blues have a player that is finally realizing his full scoring potential. We will see if Steen continues to score at an elite level into the second-half of the season and beyond.

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