What will Nonis do Come trade deadline day
Like every year the city of Toronto is Convinced that big fish like Steve Nash, Mike Richards, Roberto Luongo and Ryan Geztalf are about to put on the blue and white; lift the Stanley cup. This year, however the big fish being talked about is a realistic trade target. Corey Perry, one time hart trophy, Rocket Richard and Stanley cup winner could be in blue and white, or really on any other team come trade deadline day.
The Anaheim duck is in the last year of his contract and with his long time friend and line mate Ryan Geztalf getting a new long term deal Perry sees himself in the dog house with the organization. Don’t get me wrong the ducks will try hard to keep him but with his new contract easily reaching 8m Anahiem, will not be able to pay him and Ryan.
With Brian Burke working for both organizations and Anaheim having a good relationship with Toronto over the last few years (Lupul, Gardinier trade, First Beauchimen trade, ect) we could be a likely place for the star to land. Leafs will not be alone in the “race for Perry” and the price tag will be relatively high but Nonis could swing a 1 for 1 with kessel swapping places with Perry on the first line of each others teams.
Bring the leafs a true offensive threat and giving Anahiem more financial Security to lock up there Captain. Other moves you could see Nonis make would be little upgrades for the Marlies who lost the core of their team when the lockout ended. Possibly MacArther could be on his way out with Frattin and Lupul returning. Leafs could get a mediocre prospect or a 2nd/3rd for him. Another player who could be boarding a plane is John Michael Liles, He hasn’t played for almost two weeks now and with 3.8m dollar contract it will be hard to move him. However JML is still a solid puck moving D-man and could find himself on a new team rather soon. Bozak unlikely but still possible could see himself a Canuck after the deadline. NO not for Luongo but for a lower round pick. With the injury to Kesler a need for a second line center is now open on the Canucks, Bozak would fit in perfectly. Are the leafs buyers or sellers?
Both, look for Nonis to upgrade where needed, and sell off unneeded excess.
Michael Lo Giudice