Trade Talks Heating Up?
As 2010 winds down, there are multiple sources hinting at some movement on the trade front for the Maple Leafs:
- TSN’s Darren Dreger notes that multiple teams have contacted the Leafs asking about a number of different players but that no offer has been up to Burke‘s standards yet. He adds that defenseman Francois Beauchemin in particular has drawn plenty of interest though he does possess a limited no-trade clause. Bob Mckenzie agrees that that there is significant buzz around the league regarding a possible series of moves in the coming days, perhaps involving Toronto.
- The Fourth Period adds that Phoenix has been heavily scouting the Leafs recently and had two members of their senior hockey staff, most notably Assistant GM Brad Treliving, in Toronto to scout the Jackets’ game on Thursday. The article also mentions that the Coyotes are in the market for a scoring top six forward as well as a top four defenseman. A few days ago, I speculated that Burke could potentially be interested in Phoenix centre Martin Hanzal, a strong defensive player and big-bodied net presence. If the Leafs decide to target picks and prospects, they could ask for scoring winger Brett Maclean, power forward Viktor Tikhonov, physical defenseman Michael Stone, American checker Chris Brown or puckmoving defenseman Brandon Gormley, recently selected 13th overall.