Experts Rumor Update: Trade Offer From Leafs To Be Accepted?

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have apperantly become the #1 contenders to land the services of defenseman Sergei Gonchar….The Star is reporting that a deal be done by the end of this week.

One NHL source said the Leafs have been the most aggressive team in its pursuit of the NHL’s leading scorer among defencemen and that as a result other teams are dropping out of the running.

The Leafs are believed to be offering the Capitals Nik Antropov, one of either prospects Carlo Colaiacovo or Alexander Steen and a first-round draft pick. Capitals GM George McPhee is reportedly waiting to see if the Leafs will improve the offer with another pick or prospect before completing the deal.

“It’s really steep,” said the source. “But the Leafs want him badly.”

Chances are Colaiacovo would be the prospect because by losing Gonchar, and potentially Brendan Witt, the Capitals will be crippling an already weak blue line. Colaiacovo fits their needs more in that he is close to being NHL-ready. Should the Leafs make a deal that includes both Colaiacovo and a first-rounder, it will mark the second straight year they’ve traded both their top prospect and first-round pick.

*Experts Look: With the recent decline of the Leafs. Gonchar’s puck handling skills and offense would be very key for the Leafs. Hes stated he wants to come to Toronto and its obvious Toronto wants him. If Washington is a team that will live of to Gonchars demand of a team. Then yes, expect a deal done. But one has got to look and say the Leafs are giving up a tad too much in the deal….