Why A Trade Between Toronto and Detroit Would Make Perfect Sense

Yes I know it seems like the last thing Detroit would do would be to part with one of their young offencive stars but a trade with Toronto would make perfect sense. The trade would look something like this.
Toronto:
Pavel Datsyuk

Detroit:
Darcy Tucker
Mike Peca(would be healthy for playoffs)
and conditional 2nd rounder(if the leafs can resign Datsyuk)

This trade would give the Red Wings sandpaper that they despritly need and it would give Toronto a consistant regular season performer and a young star to follow up Sundin. At first sight anyone who looks at this article would laugh but think of it. Why has Detroit gotten kicked out of the playoffs so early the past 3 years? they had the lack of someone with offencive flare and some grit. Peca may have lost his offencive flare but Tucker has got it more than ever. Also with the loss of Shannahan and Yzerman the wings have a serious lack of leadership past Lidstrom.

For the Leafs this would make sense because Darcy Tucker is going to have a serious raise at the end of the season and if the Leafs are smart they should deal him. Peca they could resign in the off-season for maybe
1.5 million. Datsyuk would look great on Sundins wing because Sundin works well with skill and grit which is why they would keep Poni up on that line and move Antropov to centring 3rd line. Toronto fans also deserve some excitment on the ice. Sundin has been providing that for years and its time for him to hand down to someone who can light the lamp in the most phenominal ways. Each teams lines would look something like:

Tucker-Zetterberg-Holmstrom
Lang-Peca-Williams
Cleary-Draper-Maltby
Franzen-Filppula-Hudler

For Toronto

Datsyuk-Sundin-Poni
O’neill-Wellwood-Steen
Battaglia-Pohl-Devereaux
Kilger-Green-Newbury

(those lines are for the playoffs should Toronto get in)
Now I am not saying that this trade will happen but would it not make perfect sense. Comments?


21 Responses to Why A Trade Between Toronto and Detroit Would Make Perfect Sense

  1. mojo19 says:

    Kind of a cool thought, but the biggest problem for me is that Peca and Draper both play the same role. Also your leaf line up you forgot to write in Nik Antropov, and he would play top line with Mats and Dats anyway not Poni.

  2. WDF says:

    Funny, just today me and a buddy got into an argument on almost the exact same subject.
    Tucker to Detroit.
    He made a good point that Tucker can finish on the powerplay which is helpful for anyteam to have. But damn Datsyuk is good.

    But would giving up Peca be wise? I dont believe so. If we get into the playoffs were going to need Peca more then were going to need Datsyuk.
    I know im going to get trashed for this but replace Peca with Stajan.

    I love Stajan, he will be a great player in this league but Toronto is very deep at the center position.

    So the modified verson of your trade is.
    DETROIT
    Tucker
    Stajan
    2nd rounder

    TORONTO
    Datysuk

    I like it. More then likely means that JFJ will not like it.
    -WDF

  3. leafmeister says:

    Oh sorry yeah i would have him on 3rd line though

  4. leafmeister says:

    Yeah but the whole reason for that trade is to give Detroit veteran leadership and grit in the playoffs to aviod another early exit. Even if we had peca we probably still couldnt get far in the playoffs. I am extremely supportive of signing peca in the off-season but just imagine having a guy like Datsyuk isnt that worth peca?

  5. leafmeister says:

    I made a mistake on my leafs lines so they would actually look like this

    Datsyuk-Sundin-Poni
    Oneill-Wellwood-Steen
    Antropov-Pohl-Kilger
    Battaglia-Stagin-Devereaux

    Sorry about that

  6. Pittsky says:

    Why in the world would Detriot do that.

    You dont trade the guys you build your team around. Datsuk is young, electric and a signed for next year.

    Detroit has good caps space. You can bet that Tucker isn't on there radar. There in the hunt for players like jokinen, bertuzzi etc much like Nashville did for forsberg.   

    Tucker isn't going anywhere he is gona sign a 3 year deal for big money and get a no trade clause cause JFJ give them out like candy 

  7. BieksaForMVP says:

    Datsyuk will probaly be the most wanted player in the NHL on July 1st (Gigure, Souray, and Briere will be close behind though), and Detroit's first in the NHL!!!! I don't think they have a single problam with there team, and if they win maybe 5 more game's there literly guerentee a playoff spot, so if your doing so good why would this make any sense? Pavel Datsyuk is not even comparable to Tucker, and I know there other parts to the trade, but nothing major.

  8. leafmeister says:

    Detroit has two of the flashiest players in the NHL but beyond Maltby and Draper they have no grit. Tucker and Peca fix that. You also make a good point for me Detroit is in the playoffs. Datsyuk has not scored a playoff goal in 27 games or something like that. However he would be a great fit in Toronto, a team on the build.

  9. leafmeister says:

    Detroit has two of the flashiest players in the NHL but beyond Maltby and Draper they have no grit. Tucker and Peca fix that. You also make a good point for me Detroit is in the playoffs. Datsyuk has not scored a playoff goal in 27 games or something like that. However he would be a great fit in Toronto, a team on the build.

  10. Pony says:

    With Lidstrom, Draper, Chelios, Holmstrom, Maltby, Schneider and Lang I think veteran leadership shouldnt be a problem.

  11. baltic_thunder says:

    LOL… Cabin fever? Designer drugs? Please…
    If the Leafs tank I can see Tucker going to Detroit. Heck, make them a deal: Tucker and either of Kubina or McCabe for a package like like Cleary, Franzen and Ellis.
    How about Tucker and McCabe to the Sharks for Bernier and Vlasic?
    How about Bell to the Avalanche for Svatos?
    How about Kubina, Bell and Battaglia to the Canadiens for Souray and Ryder?
    Okay, okay… it's been a long winter.

  12. mojo19 says:

    Well you’re wrong then, hes a first liner, not Poni, look at the PP unit sometimes Poni is out and Pohl is in, but Antropov always stays there. He’s more talented.

  13. leafmeister says:

    My trades arent crazy but if it makes you happy then throw stagan into the mix. Your calling me crazy when you think Bell is worth Svatos.

  14. 92-93 says:

    anyone see the 3rd period with the Isles tonight?

    Leafs/Sundin were ROBBED by the non-goal – no goalie interference was called, but then the goal didnt count either.

    there is simply no way anyone watching that game, that play can defend the ref decisions on that one – along with the non-call trip on Sundin in OT.
    unbelievable. this was highway robbery at its finest, and it could have cost the leafs a playoff spot down the road. who knows.

  15. mojo19 says:

    Thats okay. Without Peca you're going to want Green for draws and PK though, so take out one of Bates or Boyd. And seriously, get Nik on the top line:

    Dats – Mats – Nik
    Poni – Welly – Jeff'O
    Steen – Pohl – Stajan
    Kilger – Green – Battaglia *Devereux

  16. mojo19 says:

    Dats isn't signed for next year, he's a UFA. But you're right he won't get traded, well that would be a shock. Still I like the idea.

  17. mojo19 says:

    You're right. Someone wrote an article about it too. I was so frustrated about that. I missed the game and had to watch game in an hour on leafs tv, and they didnt explain it, so then I had to watch after the horn and everyone on LEafsTV agreed it was a bad call because Poni was pushed in and made an effort to get out but Dipietro held his stick.

  18. Oley says:

    leafmeister get ur words right its stajan not stagin. if you cant spell why do you post. btw the 1st post. you forgot to add stajan in your line up. i didnt see stajan in the trade to det.

  19. Oley says:

    leafmeister get ur words right its stajan not stagin. if you cant spell why do you post. btw the 1st post. you forgot to add stajan in your line up. i didnt see stajan in the trade to det.

  20. Hoondog2 says:

    quiet, Leafs fans aren't allowed to complain about officiating.

  21. the_word says:

    I'm surprised, everyone has been so low key about the call, if this was Edmonton we'd be hearing about it for the next two months.

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