Leafs Trade Rumors Heat Up
I've been reading up on some Eklund rumors, and some of the other bigger rumor/hockey blog sites for the past little while, and have noticed a few interesting ideas.
First off, i'd like to say...
For the love of Christ, move Thomas Kaberle. Although he's one of my favorite Leafs, great 50 point defenceman, a character guy... he's not fitting. Not to mention Leafs' Nation owes it to him to accept that we have scrutinized every part of his career and should respect what he's done enough to let the man free from the media attention and go to a contender.
Here's a list of the players I have heard that could potentially be on the move:
LW Kris Versteeg (doubt he'll move)
D Thomas Kaberle (great chance of moving)
D Mike Komisarek (doubtful because of play and salary)
D Francois Beauchemin (good chance)
G J.S Giguere (depending on circumstances)
I've also read a few interesting things about players back to the Leafs'...
First, I read the Leafs' are in the midst of working on a deal that would be helping out a team with significant cap problems... taking on the player (apparently exspensive top 6 forward), and also getting a 1st in 2011/3rd in 2012.
The only candidates for this kind of trade I can think of that fit the criteria are the Devils, Bruins, Blackhawks.
The Devils are in need of space to bring back Parise. But the exspensive top 6 forward? I can't see the Leafs' taking an Arnott, a Zubrus, a Rolston? Not a chance. Nor can I see them giving up anytime draft picks, anytime soon. Doubt anything will be done here.
The Blackhawks, to me, are the most likely partners. With cap space nowhere to be found on this team, a dump seems quite likely. This goes along with a rumor I read the other day, saying that the Leafs' could potentially be interested in young centerman, David Bolland. Bolland is making 3.375m a year, and not playing a significant role. Leading one to believe that he might be moved? Or maybe even Patrick Sharp? There are a few more underlying factors here... in that the Blackhawks first round pick isn't destined to be very high, and they are popular in the market for a top 4 defenceman.
Maybe something like:
Kaberle (or Beauchemin)
Sharp (or Bolland)
1st rounder 2011, 3rd rounder 2012
Boston Bruins? I have some high hopes. It's very clear Boston is in the market for a defenceman, and I couldn't count on my fingers the amount of times i've heard Kaberle and Boston rumors. With Marc Savard presumably to be put on LTIR, the Bruins are obviously trying the gather cap space. This coincides with another rumor I heard... Boston is in the process of moving young forward Blake Wheeler in a deal with the Leafs. This is very plausible, as stated before, Boston is in the market for Kaberle, and Toronto for Wheeler. As for the 1st this year and 3rd next year? I can't see Boston moving Toronto their first rounder back, but maybe their own?
Maybe they're talking something like:
Kaberle (or Beauchemin)
Boston's 1st rounder 2011, 3rd rounder 2012??
However, I don't see how the "older, high cap hit top 6 forward" works into this deal either. Maybe Bergeron, with the cap hit of 4.750m? Making space for their other centermen? Maybe Ryder?
Toronto is evidently full of players that are needs for a cup contender hopeful. Many of these teams are also looking towards a salary dump, and probably wouldn't be too upset about giving up a first round pick... hopefully we'll hear more in the coming days.
Let me know what you guys think!