Burke must make a Sundin/Gilmour type impact trade.

Remember the days of having a true bonafide 1st line center, one that was a reliable point per game player or better. Remember the trades that brought in Gilmour, and Sundin. Players that some may consider Franchise players, or pretty close to it, players that were able to carry a team on there backs, and actually make an impact. This is exactly what the Leafs are in need of, Richards is not the answer, here’s the player Burke must target in the off-season.Evgeni Malkin

Evgeni Malkin is the exact type of player that the Leafs should be targeting, he’s capable of being a franchise player, capable of being a Sundin/Gilmour type impact player for the Leafs. He has heart, grit, an awesome skill set, is a big body presence down the middle, and most of all has a winning pedigree.
If the Pens were ever to trade Malkin, I think this coming off-season would be the time. He’s had a rough battle with injuries over the last 2 seasons, his point totals have been declining, even though they are still impressive. The thing is, they are paying him 8 million dollars a year, meanwhile they have Crosby in front of him, Staal at 4 million in back of him. Do the Pens really want to pay 8 million to a player they have playing 2nd line center, when he’s really a 1st liner? They have Staal playing 3rd, when he’s capable of being a 2nd line center at 4 million cheaper. The way I see it, for salary cap reasons, I see the Pens getting rid of Malkin before Staal.
Now you may say, thats stupid, and thats fine, but remember the Pens are constantly in the hunt to get some wingers to play with Crosby. It would be the perfect time in the off-season to clear some cap space by trading Malkin, and in-turn make a run at RFA Parise. What would it take to get Malkin though?
At the age of 24, Malkin won’t come that cheap, however his value does take a bit of a hit, with recent injuries, point reduction, and being in Crosby’s shadow. I think the Leafs could offer the 2 first rounders, one of either Kadri/Colbourne, along with Gardiner. Not written in stone, just a suggestion, may take more, may take less, but none the less, I’d do it in a heart beat. The acquisition of a player of Malkin’s caliber, a chance for him to grab the reigns, become the go to guy of a franchise, play first line minutes night in and night out, would greatly benefit each party.
Let me just touch on Brad Richards. This guy is going to turnout to be the worst offseason signing for whichever team he goes to. He’s going to receive a huge paycheck, for which he is highly undeserving, just as he is now, and I guarantee, once he signs that last big contract of his career, he’ll go back to his usual 60 point production, with -30 every season, along with his 5 hits a season, sub par defensive play. He has no heart, he’s going to most likely sign a contract with the Rangers, become the next Drury/Gomez, he’s not an impact player at all, he had one good post-season run, playing on a highly skilled Tampa team. He got a fat pay raise just for that performance, and what has he done since? He just plays for his paycheck, I really hope Burke stays away from him, not the type of player I think fits the Leafs. Only over 80 points twice in his 9 NHL seasons, 26 goals the most ever scored in a season, highly unimpressive, and unwarranted of an 8 million dollar salary.
Anyways, to sum it up, the Leafs trade 2 first rounders, one of Colbourne/Kadri, along with Gardiner, for Malkin. The Pens receive salary cap relief, a pair of some prospects with a great deal of potential, 2 1st rounders, and a chance to make a run at Parise.
Burke’s offseason additions:
To me, that looks like a contender, a team that will come to play every night, with loads of offense, and a well rounded defense, along with some sound goaltending. The first line, is a real first line, one that the Leafs have been without for quite some time. Reuniting Kulemin with Malkin, would work wonders, and imagine Kessel playing alongside Malkin, all would be very capable of potting 40 goals. Pitkanen brings in a replacement for Kaberle, while Montoya, in my book has never been give a fair chance, until this season, is very capable of becoming a real steal.
Alright, let me know what you think, what would it take to get Malkin, what do you think of the idea?

214 Responses to Burke must make a Sundin/Gilmour type impact trade.

  1. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    Bruin's lose to the Leafs, yet again.

  2. NonLeafFansAreGay says:
    Bruin's lose to the Leafs, yet again.

  3. NonLeafFansAreGay says:
    Bruin's lose to the Leafs, yet again.

  4. NonLeafFansAreGay says:


  5. HABSSTAR says:

    1.  WTF are you talking about?  I asked a legit hockey question you retard. 

    2.  Martin is a tool, I'd love to see anyone else behind the bench in Montreal. 

    3. I've seen Wilson get torne a new one in Leafs threads for the last 2 years so I figured it's a pertinent question.

    4.  Yeah, wow, Habs play like shit and still make the playoffs.  Oooooh burn! 

  6. HABSSTAR says:

    That's a pretty good point.  I'm still not fully convinced that this isn't just the yearly late season flurish but I guess we'll all find out for sure next year. 

  7. mojo19 says:

    frank, you make me laugh. You should have quoted the word "fans" not the word "leaf". lol

    Anyway's frank, even you, who has supported Wilson all along has to agree that if not for Reimer providing the Leafs solid goaltending Wilson's job would be in question. If we were sitting at 5-6 less wins right now and were in contention for a 3-5th overall pick for the draft, Burke would seriously be considering firing Wilson.

    Reimer saved Wilson's job, I don't think there is any other way to look at it.

  8. frankinboltonleafs says:

    Wilson's job doesn't rest on good or bad goaltending. A coach loses his job when he loses the room and I haven't seen that in the Wilson era. Wilson's crime is some fans and the media for the most part don't like him personally. That fact seems to always get lost.

    As for Hab's fan up there….I had a "I hate the Habs" moment, (more than usual), and took it out on you. So shoot me….or better yet organize a demonstration.

  9. cam7777 says:

    The thing is though, Reimer hasn't been so unbelievably amazing that you can pin it all on him.  Yea, he makes a lot of saves, but so many of them are just the average kind of saves that Giguere and Gustavsson SHOULD have been making.  This isn't a Lundqvist, Price, Miller situation where the team is getting absolutely raped nightly, and Reimer is just somehow making 47 saves on 48 shots.  Wilson is getting good goal tending, finally, and suddenly he's winning.  Considering the list of goalies Burke has had under his command the last decade (Giguere, Bryzgalov, Hiller, Reimer), I'd say it's safe to assume that we can expect continued impressive goaltending as the years go on.  Putting it all on Reimer makes it seem like the team is a fluke.  Reimer has united the team by being above average, that is all.

  10. HABSSTAR says:

    No demonstration, I'm just gonna call the cops you instead! LOL

  11. leafmeister says:

    Its so true, a 1st line center on this team would make them very dangerous. I would love Richards (Although I would prefer Statsny), and I do think Burke has a legitimate shot at him. That would be huge to have him centering Kessel and Lupul. If Phaneuf keeps up his play next year, and they get steady goaltending from Reimer, I think the Leafs should make the playoffs with room to spare, and perhaps with an eye on home ice advantage.

  12. Leafs420 says:

    Well im completely glad these decisions on who we sign aren't based on presidents ideas and we pay Burke to do the work lol. This guy always thinks he knows everything and whats best for the leafs. Quite amusing to read.

  13. mojo19 says:

    Fine, but Reimer is the reason the heat was taken off Wilson. I mean, think of late January, the Leafs coming off a bad losing streak (after having a hot winning streak with Reimer then sending him down, and the losses started up again). Then there was the Phil Kessel comment about "something's gotta change here" and that he and Wilson don't really talk much, etc. There was a ton of pressure on Wilson and the solid goaltending has given the team a chance to win every night. And the winning kind of makes us forget that Wilson has said some dumb things, that he was losing the room, that the PP and PK are still among the league's worst, etc. This guy is no gem, don't kid yourself.

  14. mojo19 says:

    Even though you seem to make a good point, this comment just loses all credibility when you call Lidstrom "the most overrated player (ever)"

    Yikes…. where did that come from?

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