Leafs interested in Yuskie?

Leafs looking to bring back Yushkevich

Other teams in the hunt for Yushkevich’s services are believed to be the New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings.

It should come as no surprise the Toronto Maple Leafs are searching for help on their blue line. But who the Leafs are considering might come as a bit of a shock.

Sportsnet has learned that the Leafs and Florida Panthers general manager Rick Dudley have had discussions over the past few weeks about a trade that would see defenceman Dmitry Yushkevich return to Toronto.

Yushkevich played the majority of seven seasons with the Leafs and was widely considered as one of their top defencemen. His trade to Florida last July ended months of contractual unrest and frustration over a nagging injury. There was also a concern amongst Leafs management that injuries had taken a severe toll on the hard-nosed defenceman.

The soon to be 32 year old, who is earning $2.75 million, will become an unresticted free agent at the end of this season and the Panthers are confident they won’t be able to sign him.

Sources tell Sportsnet that the Panthers had targeted highly-regarded forward Nik Antropov as compensation in a potential deal. However, Toronto is not interested in dealing the youngster. The Leafs would be more interested in dealing the likes of centres Travis Green and Alyn McCauley, or a minor-league prospect.

Courtesy: SportsNet

Added Note: SportNet TV also stated that discussions are underway for both Bure and Yuskie to go to Toronto.

Personally, I like this trade with either McCaulay or Green plus draft picks/prospects to Florida. Hands off Colaiacovo, Antropov or Boyes, otherwise make the trade Quinn.