Leafs talks heating up

Two weeks ago the Toronto Maple Leafs demoted Jeff Finger and his $3.5 million salary to the AHL, which served as an unofficial memo to the remaining 29 teams in the NHL: “We have $4 million in cap room now; make us your best offer.”

At first, that didn’t generate much action. But things have suddenly changed. I was told Tuesday night that things have heated up somewhat, although still no trade is imminent. I hear two unidentified teams have gained traction with the Leafs in talks.

Toronto’s desire has been obvious for a long time: pick up another top-six forward. The lure, one that few teams in the league have, is that the Leafs can take up to $4 million in salary and send back little in salary if there’s a team in desperate need of cap/budget relief.

Leafs GM Brian Burke and his trusted lieutenants Dave Nonis, Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle are scouring the league in search of that top-six forward.

“Burkey wants badly to make that move, but he knows he’s got to [be] patient,” another NHL GM said this week. “He’s got one shot at it with the [cap] space he got by dumping Finger. It’s got to be right.”

Leafs third-line winger Colby Armstrong injured his finger Tuesday night and will require surgery. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.


66 Responses to Leafs talks heating up

  1. albertateams says:

    He's just one of those troll's who go looking for places he can post stupid comments without contributing something to the discussion. It's really quite pathetic. 

  2. Boston_Bruins says:

    I think Markstrom deserves a mention, even if he's not in the NHL yet. I find it incredibly hard to separate him and Bernier for who has more potential.

    I'd rank Rask first but there's some bias in there from having watched him so much and, well, from being a Bruins fan lol. Halak has proven he can take over games but at the same time has been pretty inconsistent. He is more proven than Rask though. However, Rask's contract can be taken into consideration too.

  3. reinjosh says:

    An Iggy trade would be interesting. Unlike a Kipper trade, it wouldn't necessarily indicate the start of a rebuild just the end of an era. I was staunchly against it at the end of last season, but the more i think about it, I might consider it and I'm becoming more open to it.

    LA is probably the best option but I think St Louis would make a push for him as a dark horse team. They are close to becoming an IT team and Iggy could be the leader to make them that. The biggest obstacle would probably be their reluctance to trade Oshie or Perron (who would have to be coming the other way).

    That said I agree LA is the top team for him although he would just occupy a position already chalk full of players. Brown/Simmonds/Smyth would make it a little irrelevant to get him. Still it could happen. Schenn would be an obvious inclusion. So would Handzus or Williams as a cap space clearing move. I would like that deal

    I wonder if Boston would make a deal. Adding Iggy would make them a perrenial contender until his deal is done. It would obviously only work if cap space was cleared but adding him to Horton, Krejci, Bergeron, Seguin would be huge. We could get Colborne back but we would have to take Ryder.

  4. reinjosh says:

    True, I totally forgot about Markstrom.

    I just don't rank Rask because of his lack of experience. I thought about ranking Rinne ahead of him too.

  5. albertateams says:

    St Louis is an interesting option, particularly if they continue there strong play and are willing to move out a couple of young players/prospects picks. 

    Boston is tough due to both teams needing to get rid of salaries, you could involve another team though.
    In terms of value back in a trade, I wold think that Calgary would want a top prospect, pick, and a roster player to even out salary.
  6. reinjosh says:

    Yeah I would agree thats what Calgary would be looking for. I would imagine that the prospect would be believed to replace Iggy in some capacity. Schenn would be the perfect guy to me.

  7. mojo19 says:

    Ya Krejci was actually pretty good, I just mean he was kind of weak by his standards. Like he never did anything special to stand out yesterday, like Michael Ryder did.

  8. dumbassdoorman says:

    I am here to officailly hand out a trespassing notice to albertateams, for trying to make this site about anything but the leafs…..lol.

  9. TmLeafan says:

    I would have to disagree with you on Backstrom, I would take Getzlaf over him and definitely Malkin also.

     He is an awesome player but cant dominate like Malkin and Getzlaf can.  They are both physically imposing players and the only reason I would have Malkin over Getzlaf would be that he has breakaway speed.  Backstrom plays for a great team in Washington and his stats are skewed in my opinion (along with Mike Green) because of all of their offensive firepower and their 30 percent power play.  If Getzlaf played for the Capitals his numbers would be absurd, and they would probably win the cup. 
  10. leafy says:

    Still hard to figure out the buds. A bit early to get a read.

    Hey you know who's got a good team? St. Louis. It's not only that they're winning, but they are playing awesome as well. Tampa is also playing well, but it was sort of expected.

    San Jose and Philly are also playing well despite their records.

  11. Leafs_RegimeofBurke_ says:

    I don't get why Tampa isn't referred to as a contender more often…or ever.
    Stamkos, Lecavalier, St. Louis, Malone, Gagne up front…holy offense batman!!

    Very enviable roster IMO….then again, this is coming from a leafs fan who licks his lips at an offensive roster like that.

    Defence isnt that shabby either, hopefully for Lightning fans Hedman grows and dominates the blueline

  12. dumbassdoorman says:

    I know i am gonna get beat up for this but what the hell…..lol. Would you trade say a decent prospect and say a couple picks, lets call the 2011 4th and 2012 2nd to Boston, for Wheeler,and Ryder if Chia would also through in Colborne? Bruins fans seem to not like Wheeler and want rid of Ryder is a very good prospect worth that?

  13. DannyLeafs says:

    Has Leafs420 said anything hockey related since being on this site?
    I am not trying to make a joke, I legitimately have not seen the a single actual hockey related post. Just a bunch of weak insults and comments that nobody asked for.

  14. DannyLeafs says:

    I agree that just about anybody watching the game today would say that Ovechkin and Crosby are the best players in the game today, but as this is about trade value (and I went on the basis that we were talking about if these players became available that very day), I shifted my list around to reflect it.

    First, all though Ovechkin and Crosby are the best players in the league, I think some GM's are already of the opinion that Stamkos will be the better all around player when it's all said and done, maybe not many, but I believe there are a few.

    Next, I think that many GM's already feel that Ovechkin and Crosby are synonomous with their respective teams, and would like the idea of getting a player who hasn't quite gotten to that point, so that he will be more easily become the face of their franchise. This is just a minor thought really, but I could see the appeal of going after a guy that isn't already so tied to the image of a franchise.

    Finally, the biggest factor to me is that salary cap situation. If we were to talk about trading these players today, it would be easiest to add Stamkos to a line up without having to weaken other areas. Any team could add him, and teams that already feel they are good, could do it without moving a valuable roster piece, making them true contenders. They could then worry about reorganizing their team over the summer. To add Ovechkin or Crosby would require moving a lot of faces, and could damage the teams chemistry. Not that any GM would pass on them for that reason, but with Stamkos being a close second anyway, I think if all three were available, more GM's would make a pitch for Stamkos.

    Also, the reason I have these three over Doughty is simply that I think most GM's like to build organizations around a forward who can dominate offensively. I think Doughty is close to these guys in value, but again, going on the assumption that these players were all available tomorrow, I think more GM's would be bidding on the three forwards, thus raising the price, and their overall value.

    As for Getzlaf, I think he is a star in this league. I think Backstrom and Malkin are more skilled (not by that much), but Getlaf has a much better all around game. I also think that Getzlaf's salary situation is very enviable, and this is another situation where I think his contract makes him easier to fit into line ups without disrupting Chemistry too much, thus raising his trade value. I really think Getzlaf is very underrated as well. His points per game production of the past three years is not far off of Malkin's, and is actually one of the few players in the league who has been better than a point per game in each of the past three seasons. There really aren't that many players who do that year in year out, and he is one of them. I would have had Richard's 11 on my list. I agree that Datsyuk is somewhere up there, but if we are talking about trade value, I think the younger players would just carry much more weight.

    With the honorable mention I was mainly targetting players that would be very attractive trade commodities that people may not pay that much attention to. I think players that produce much more then their cap hit suggests have a lot of value, as it allows teams to make up for cap space that is over spent on other players. Burrows has 63 goals over the past two seasons. That puts him close to a group of forwards that includes Bobby Ryan (66 goals), Phil Kessel (66 goals), Loui Ericsson (65 goals), Vanek (68 goals), Iginla (67 goals), and Camelleri (65 goals), all of whom make more than double Burrows salary, many of them triple. I am not saying he is as talented as these guys, but he is very effective, and he also takes the opposition off their game. It would be nice to have a guy that was that affordable, and that effective.

  15. Boston_Bruins says:

    Colborne isn't a prospect you throw in a salary dump. Wheeler isn't definitely tradeable by himself, and while Ryder might be harder to trade, they can always send him down to Providence.

  16. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    Why would we want Wheeler he is horrible.
    Colborne is a garbage prospect.

    Ryder is a dump.
    The Bruins are a joke.

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