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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 offer? Perhaps.
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 they were pretty frank about addressing the situation.
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 last night, sources say the Blue Jackets are open to anything that will help their team longterm.
Harder we dig, the more info that is beginning to surface re: Nash availability.
Then Pierre Lebrun chipped in with this;
Absolutely fascinating to see how things have shifted in Columbus re: Rick Nash’s potential availability..
I’m not sure what to think as a Leafs fan. I’m assuming that Burke will at least step in and test the waters, why wouldn’t he?
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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 the right player were available obviously the team would love to do just that.Â Ideally it would be a guy you can play in the middle but it does not appear a centre is going to be easily attained at this juncture, so you might have to settle for a winger with size.