Could this be the real deal

The Toronto Star had this today to say about Owen Nolan possibly coming to the Leafs
“Ken Campbell

Sports Reporter

The San Jose Sharks appear ready to deal and a source who requested anonymity said the Maple Leafs could get Owen Nolan if they’re willing to part with centre Alyn McCauley, top prospect Brad Boyes and their first-round pick in the 2003 entry draft.

Sharks GM Dean Lombardi said the team has chosen one of the three scenarios that he presented to ownership last week. Each one calls for varying degrees of roster upheaval before the March 11 trade deadline and while Lombardi wouldn’t say which one was chosen, he sounded yesterday like a man who is ready to deal.

“It’s safe to say that we’ve decided on a course of action,” Lombardi said. “But whether or not anything comes to fruition in this marketplace remains to be seen.”

Lombardi would not say where things stand with the Leafs and Nolan, but another source said the Leafs have taken the most interest in acquiring the Sharks’ power forward who scored a career-high 44 goals in the 1999-2000 season. Philadelphia is also apparently interested in Nolan, but the sticking point is apparently the Sharks’ insistence on a package involving the Flyers’ Justin Williams.

The Sharks are reportedly interested in McCauley for his character, leadership ability and penalty-killing skills and like the upside possessed by Boyes, a player some observers have said is the best rookie the St. John’s Maple Leafs have had in years.

There have been reports of dressing room discord involving Nolan but coach Ron Wilson has had no problem with Nolan.

Nolan, 31, is having a difficult time as captain in San Jose and it’s thought that he would flourish on another team where he could play a more secondary role. For his part, Nolan has said he wants to stay with the Sharks. He has some business interests in San Jose and his pregnant wife is from the area.

If the Leafs were able to get Nolan for the package of McCauley, Boyes and a pick, they’d be adding a premier talent with a minimum of disruption to the roster. McCauley had been moved to the right side for recent games and Nolan could replace him, giving them a right-wing corps of Alexander Mogilny, Nolan, Mikael Renberg and Tom Fitzgerald.

The Sharks, viewed by many as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender before the season, are in last place in the Pacific Division.”

So by the sounds of it the Sharks want MacCauley, Boyes and a first rounder. The leafs first round pick would probably be in the mid 20’s, therefore if the Sharks would throw in Marchmant with that then I say that is a good deal.

That would have your second line being antropov centreing Nolan and possibly Hoglund. That aint bad


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