This is part one of a preview series on potential trade deadline targets for the Leafs. Important to keep in mind is the framework in which I'm analyzing these trade options in this series: BrianÂ Burke will be weighing the future against the present. Burke's only going to be dealing for immediate help if it equally benefits the team long term. There will be no selling out for this season; as much as Burke is feeling the pressure to make the playoffs in his fourth season as Leafs czar, more patience is needed as his team simply isn't at that...
It's no surprise that after news broke of Dustin Brown's availability in the trade market, he's been the new topic of conversation heading into the last weekend before the deadline. As the captain of the Kings and a member of the American Olympic squad, Brown has a pretty big profile and manageable cap hit, making him an obvious target for most teams.
Bob McKenzie had this to say about who looks interested right now:
BOS, BUF, EDM, NJD, NYR, PHI, TOR, VAN are amongst teams with high levels of interest in Brown.
So we know there is plenty of interest, and many...
Another quick hit in the world of trade talks as we wind down towards the deadline; Sportsnet reports that Burke is meeting with the Blue Jackets' Scott Howson in New York City.
From Daren Millard over Twitter:
Sportsnet can confirm Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke meet with Columbus GM Scott Howson this morning at a NYC hotel. Full story on snet.ca soon
The first thing that will cross anyone's mind is a potential Rick Nash deal, but with Grabovski's future up in the air, I wouldn't be surprised if this meeting is focused on Jeff Carter. We have no way of knowing,...
Just a quick hit here; Darren Dreger reports from Insider Trading that the Leafs have received an offer for Mikhail Grabovski.
For those unable to see Insider Trading. Offer for Grabovski is for a 2nd rnd pick and prospect. Could get more. Still hope to re-sign him
Not much in terms of a return, but we obviously have no idea who the prospect is. Dreger also hinted that the deal could grow and the 2nd be upgraded to a first, for example.
Grabovski is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. A negotiating tactic to release the news of...
The Rick Nash situation continues to snowball this morning, as both he and Jeff Carter have been reported missing from Blue Jackets practice. The sense is that it's a maintenance day, considering Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch followed up with news that Nash's agent was unsure as to why his client was MIA.
Whatever the case, this has sent the social media world into a frenzy, as expected.
Via TSN.ca, Portzline also reports that the five teams on Nash's "go-to list" are likely the Bruins, Kings, Rangers, Sharks and the Leafs.
Pavel Kubina is also missing practice for the Lightning, and...
As hockey fans we often try to sort out trade rumors from various sources to see if they're legit. For me it's pretty simple, if one of the major insiders report it, I'll buy it. Until today I've yet to see a real reporter blatantly say that Rick Nash is on the trade market, but now that's a reality.
Renaud Lavoie from RDS was the first to toss out the Nash rumor last night, suggesting two teams are interested (I'm assuming now there may be 29). Since then many others have weighed in.
From Darren Dreger;
Further to RDS story on Nash...
It wouldnâ€™t be trade deadline season without the annual rumour mill running rampant in the craziest hockey market in the world.Â The hot stove is buzzing that Brian Burke and the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to make a splash and add a â€œtop-sixâ€ forward (are you sick of that term too?)Â Since Burke's time with the Leafs began withÂ the now infamous â€œtruculenceâ€ acceptance speech, any player 6â€™2â€ or over automatically becomes a prime target for speculation.
There is no question the Maple Leafs could use some extra size and strength to complement their vastly improved speed game, and if...