Drew Doughty to Maple Leafs?

The NHL has training camps starting soon and a number of teams have made some great additions during the off-season. The LA Kings are one of those teams, but they’re having trouble signing Drew Doughty, one of the teams best young players and perhaps the top defenseman on the roster.

The LA Kings don’t need distractions heading into the regular season and making a deal might be the teams best move if some headway doesn’t happen soon with contract talks. The latest trade rumor as reported on Bleacher Report has the Kings making a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Toronto is another team that has made several upgrades this off-season and adding a player like Doughty would make this team a contender in the Eastern Conference. Toronto is said to be sending the Kings a forward and defender in the deal and GM Brian Burke would jump at the chance to acquire the young star.

The LA Kings don’t want to trade Doughty, but the front office could be left with no choice and acquiring two or three players in exchange will just add more depth to a team that is supposed to challenge this season in the Western Conference. Look for talks to continue over the next few weeks and if a deal can’t be finalized, a deal could be in the works.

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80 Responses to Drew Doughty to Maple Leafs?

  1. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    AHHH, see where you're coming from L.W.

    I believe, as I said, for the right piece up-front, he could be moved.

  2. MystifoLeafs says:

    I still stand by this statement "No one in the entire NHL history is "Untouchable." I mean you offer up enough you will get the player.

  3. MystifoLeafs says:

    Sounds amazing imo but sadly thats not a Burke move and I doubt it happens but if it did, HOLY SHIT! 

  4. MystifoLeafs says:

    Well the 1st pick would of became John Carlson but I see what you getting at. Also its not a guarentee that would of been that pick but I think the kaberle trade was still well made.

  5. Leafs_Wallace says:

    Forget Burke, Lombardi is ***** slapping every GM, he's so comfortable that he'll trying to strong arm a potential top five talent, he wouldn't be threatening to cut his salary if he believed for a second another GM would do something.

    LNH GMs are kunts.

  6. MystifoLeafs says:

    Honestly I think Ottawa or Edmonton are sitting back and thinking "Offer sheet." Then again one can never tell.

  7. Leafs_Wallace says:

    I don't Ottawa or Edmonton in a position to sacrifice 4 first round picks. Boston, and Buffalo should be all over this or maybe a sleeper like a Carolina or Calgary. 

    I don't understand the point of restricted free agency if no one can is willing to make an offer sheet.

  8. mojo19 says:

    Ya, the Pens definitely played well down the stretch with those two hurt, but for a full season, I just can't see them being legit contenders without those stars healthy.

  9. mojo19 says:

    Its true, i mean LA has had all of last season and all summer to sign this guy. Training camp has opened. Every middle of the pack NHL team should be looking at their cap situation right now and preparing an offer sheet.

    I agree with you about teams like Boston, Buffalo, Calgary, Carolina etc. Throw the Wild into the mix too.

  10. mojo19 says:

    With Lombardi on IR the Leafs would have roughly $7 million in Cap Space, so remove Gunnarsson and you've got close to $8.5 million. Spend it all on Doughty and go right to the cap….

    Phaneuf – Doughty
    Liles – Schenn
    Aulie – Franson/Komisarek

    That's some pretty deep defense.

  11. Leafs_Wallace says:

    You talk to Komisarek's agent and say if your client doesn't waive his NMC for the Marlies then we'll leak that he was the obstacle to a Doughty offer sheet and make Komisarek's professional life as miserable as it is to watch him slug up and down the ice.

    My only reservation would be with without four first round picks how can we trade for a superstar forward? We can't sign one on the open market. Doughty isn't Stamkos, so I'm bit more hesitant but I wouldn't complain if we gave an offer sheet.

  12. mojo19 says:

    Well don't forget, Komisarek's NTC is limited. So before training camp he had to give Burkie a list of 10 teams that would be okay to be traded to… So it would be nice if you could find a fit with one of those ten teams.

    And ya, i wish Burke wasn't our GM sometimes, because he won't do a *****ing offer sheet and he would definitely not threaten a veteran like Komisarek in such a way. Which is retarded, he should do what he has to do to make the team better.

    But ya I hear you about the whole FWD thing. I'm really hoping Burke will be able to take a run at Parise and Semin on July 1st 2012.

  13. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    Ok,
    First of all, L.A. has the cap room to match the offer sheet. Do you guys really think that Lombardi has spent all this time signing/trading to build a contender to watch their star defender leave? Not likely.

    Secondly, Mathew Lombardi is possibly going to be ready for camp. Even if he isn't and returns the end of October…where do you find the cap space?

    Third, Doughty has not proven he is worth $8.5 mil. He shouldn't be given $7 mil, never mind $8.5.

    On the offer sheet side.
    If G.M's start readily offering extremely overpaid offer sheets, there will be no need for RFA. Players will just refuse to sign so that other GM's will give them ridiculous amounts of money like the Doughty offer being suggested. Schenn would not still be with Toronto, he would have waited for a $4.5 mil offer from someone else. Offer sheets were not designed to pluck quality young players from one team to the next. They were designed to allow RFA players to receive a fair price from another team if they are getting lowballed by the team which owns their rights. Lombardi would not offer Doughty $2.5 mil and say"that's as high as we're going" because he knows another GM would easily go higher and give a fair price, such as $5mil, which would be fair.

    No GM's want to start an RFA bidding war because you would never be able to build from within. Another GM would likely have the cap room to steal every young talented player you develop. Plus, once you do this, you are out four first rounders, which limits your trade ability as well as means you couldn't do it again for at least 4 years since you lack the first rounders as compensation. Iknow, I know, we will just trade for first rounders or quality players, with what? You have to find a trade partner willing to take on contracts because you're up against the cap and have no high picks left to offer.

    Never mind Burke, if RFA offer sheets were such a great idea…why doesn't any GM do it? Because they have no balls? 
     
    On a side note, Mojo please, not Semin. The last thing we need is a soft $7mil per year player.

  14. leafstime says:

    He hasn't signed because they're gonna trade him. To the Leafs for Schenn and a pick.

  15. Leafs_Wallace says:

    So Dean Lombardi has to eat some of his own feces, he kinda deserves it, he's a total prick of a GM that rubs players and other GMs the wrong way.  That attitude would be forgivable didn't hurt him ability to do his job but he sucks at signing players and I can't imagine many GMs wanting to go through his bs as a trading partner.

    Dean Lombardi took shot in the media when Burke suggested that he's interested in trading up in the Tavares draft.  We basically were eliminated from any Brayden Schenn talk, I'd love to see a team 8.5 Doughty and force Lombardi to give Doughty a raise rather than this pseudo macho 'we'll cut your salary on a daily basis until you sign on our terms'. 

    I think there are a lot of teams that would be happy to take a gamble on Doughty's upside, it's a safer bet than most players.

    Though I agree that it would be great if another GM than Burke screwed over LA and we get to watch it from the sidelines.

    As for Semin with need top line forwards however they become available, If you don't spend on Semin and there are no other options are you better doing nothing?

  16. Leafs_Wallace says:

    Cleaning my countless typos….

    So Dean Lombardi has to eat some of his own feces, he kinda deserves it, he's a total prick of a GM that rubs players and other GMs the wrong way. That attitude would be forgivable if it didn't hurt his ability to do his job but he sucks at signing players and I can't imagine many GMs wanting to go through his bs as a trading partner.

    Dean Lombardi took snipes at Burke when Burke suggested that he had interest in trading up in the Tavares draft. We were basically eliminated from any Brayden Schenn talk, I'd love to see a team 8.5 Doughty and force Lombardi to give Doughty a raise rather than this pseudo macho 'we'll cut your salary on a daily basis until you sign on our terms'.

    I think there are a lot of teams that would be happy to take a gamble on Doughty's upside, it's a safer bet than most players.

    Though I agree that it would be great if a GM other than Burke screwed over LA and we get to watch it from the sidelines.

    As for Semin we need top line forwards however they become available.  If we don't spend on Semin, then who? We've been picking about who to pursue for a long time and that's why we haven't signed a front liner player since Moginly.

  17. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    Hey, I'm not a D. Lombardi fan either. I understand what you're saying and the reasons behind it. Just showing the otherside of RFA as well.

    As for Semin, I have no interest. Is he talented? Yes, but I don't believe he fits our need as a top 6 guy.

  18. reinjosh says:

    Wallace is right, they really aren't in a position to give up first rounders. With the upcoming draft having such a depth of potential top 2 defenders, they are really just better off spending one first rounder on one of those 8 potential top 2/top 4's in the top 15 and keeping the other three picks. 

  19. reinjosh says:

    You know it. 

    Ah my mistake, though he was for some reason. And yeah I agree he was a wild card. It's not a coincidence that Bogosian and Schenn both took so long and were taking one pick from each other. 
  20. Leafs_Wallace says:

    From now on I'm calling you The Verdict.

  21. MystifoLeafs says:

    Is it just me or does Dion Phaneuf look like a superhero? It may be just me but his face says superhero to me.

  22. leafy says:

    It's true, I could see him playing Batman in a movie.

    Hopefully he's not just a pretty boy and plays like his salary this year.

  23. leafy says:

    Source? I don't see anything on Twitter.

  24. leafy says:

    I was really surprised in the playoffs when they had Tampa down 3-1 without Crosby and Malkin. Goes to show they're solid even without those two.  But like you said, sustaining it for 82 games is a different matter.

  25. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    Got a question for LW and RJ

    If Bogosian's contract directly affected Schenn's signing…then why didn't Doughty take the almost $7mil he got offered?

    If Schenn "settled" for $3.5 because Bogosian signed for $2.5, then shouldn't Doughty be thrilled with $7mil and jump all over it?

    I know you could argue that Doughty wants out of L.A. Then, couldn't it have been that Schenn signed in Toronto for less than you figure because he wanted to stay in Toronto, more than what Bogosian signed for?

    UFA signings I agree, one will affect another. I don't believe so much in RFA.

  26. Leafs_Wallace says:

    That's why bothered me throughout the whole ordeal, Doughty is just in another class than Schenn and Bogosian.  I never figured it fair for one to impact the other two but IMO Meehan was trying to manipulate the situation as best he could.

    There is a case to be made that RFAs contracts are more impactful on each other as a player's options are limited whereas UFAs can choose among from many potential offers. Say for example, Campbell's 7 million did that set the bar for anyone? Whereas an RFA like Myers looks be a staple.

    Doughty's holding IMO is more about term where Lomby must be terrified to lose him at the end of his contract then the money.

  27. Leafs_Wallace says:

    He actually has his own title in the DC relaunch.

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  29. mojo19 says:

    I think Semin woud fit right in. I don't believe some of the knocks on him, I think Semin's a great player.

  30. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    yea, it could easily be debated either way. good points.

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