Leafs should take run at Nash

This much is certain: If Brian Burke somehow wriggles Nash out of Columbus, don’t expect there to be the $5 million-plus a year in the pot that Mikhail Grabovski is looking for in a new contract.

Interestingly, those here in Edmonton that know Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson from his days in the Oilers organization claim he will demand smooth-skating defenceman Jake Gardiner as part of any package involving the Leafs. Whatever Howson lands for Nash, it likely will involve at least three or four high-end prospects, young players and/or picks.

Burke’s one concern is that such a deal could wipe out a lucrative cache of young talent it has taken him three years to stockpile. It is a risk, sure. But for a rare talent such as Nash, there are those of us who feel it is worth it.

Then again, there are other teams that likely have more to offer. Given the Jackets’ goaltending woes, Cory Schneider could be offered as part of a package by the Vancouver Canucks, who certainly wouldn’t be pushed around as easily as they were by the likes of the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup final with Nash in the lineup. The Los Angeles Kings, who are starving for offence, could use Jonathan Bernier and defenceman Jack Johnson as trade bait for the big winger. The Bruins, Wings, Sharks, Flyers and Rangers are also expected to be in the mix for the Brampton native.

The bidding war will be intense and costly, sure.

But for a guy like Rick Nash, it probably is worth it.

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/02/15/leafs-should-take-run-at-nash


59 Responses to Leafs should take run at Nash

  1. reinjosh says:

    Apparently the Chicago blogger on the hockeybuzz website (I know, hockeybuzz, whatever) thinks he's the ideal center for Hossa. That could really work in our favour. They have Marcus Kruger above MacNeil on the depth chart so they can afford to give him up I think.

    The more I think about it, the more I'm ok with dealing him.
  2. reinjosh says:

    Apparently the Chicago blogger on the hockeybuzz website (I know, hockeybuzz, whatever) thinks he's the ideal center for Hossa. That could really work in our favour. They have Marcus Kruger above MacNeil on the depth chart so they can afford to give him up I think.

    The more I think about it, the more I'm ok with dealing him.
  3. dumbassdoorman says:

    LOL, Wash or Col fist does it really matter? The Caps have just as good of a chance of blowing up then the Avs do, IMO.

  4. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Has not really devloped that well thus far.

    I would go for MacNeill first then Beach second and a pick.

  5. 93killer93 says:

    I'd prefer Oleksiak but I'm not sure they move him since they just drafted him.  I think the decision to bring in Grabo would be to make the playoffs for the added revenue.  They're only 4 points back of LA and Phoenix plus they have a game in hand.  

  6. reinjosh says:

    I just don't think they are in a position organizationally to be making moves for a UFA. I could see them moving those assets for a guy like Carter, but I think, even though they are within striking distance of the playoffs, that they will hold steady. 

  7. reinjosh says:

    Haha fair point. Personally I'm more confident in the Avs falling than the Caps. Especially if we're trading them Grabo.

  8. brott says:

    Grabbo, a 2nd and a 3rd round pick to the Kings for Bernier and a 1st, Reimer, the kings 1st leafs 1st in 2013 and 2014 to colombus for Nash ZOMG

  9. MystifoLeafs says:

    In an ideal world there is two trades I would be okay with for Grabovski.

    TOR
    Kuznetsov
    2nd 2012 (WSH) 
    WSH
    Grabovski
    OR
    TOR
    McNeil
    conditional pick. (2nd that becomes a first if they make it to the cup finals.)
    If we got back this type of return then I would be content. It would really make me happy if Grabovski then came back through FA. Hell if he was cool with this trade and willing to come back I say give the guy his well deserved 5 million per year contract.

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