Toronto Maple Leafs Trade Rumours: Is Kessel untouchable?
By Chris Savard
With the Toronto Maple Leafs in the midst of a nine game losing streak, there is a great deal of speculation that General Manager Dave Nonis and the Buds will be sellers before the March 5th NHL Trade Deadline. The Maple Leafs may want to get a jump on the other teams and start making moves sooner rather than later.
Stoney Point - February 1, 2015 - With the Toronto Maple Leafs in the midst of a nine game losing streak, there is a great deal of speculation that General Manager Dave Nonis and the Buds will be sellers before the March 5th NHL Trade Deadline. The Maple Leafs may want to get a jump on the other teams and start making moves sooner rather than later.
In my mind the only untouchable on the current roster is Phil Kessel – even though the American born sniper would yield the biggest return. Dion Phaneuf, Cody Franson, Jonathan Bernier, Nazem Kadri, Mike Santorelli, Joffrey Lupul, Morgan Reilly, Jake Gardiner, Daniel Winnik and Joffrey Lupul have all been mentioned in trade rumours.
The Ottawa Sun is reporting that “The popularity of Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis has grown since the organization sent out word pretty much every player is available except for winger James van Riemsdyk and defenceman Morgan Rielly.”
Franson is an unrestricted free agent come this summer and if the Maple Leafs cannot sign him, it is expected that he will be moved. Last night, Elliotte Friedman stated that, "There was a multi-year deal on the table at about a $4.6 million (average annual value). That could not get it done."
The Fourth Period is reporting that the Los Angeles Kings have interest in Phaneuf and Franson, and may also be eyeing forwards Lupul and Santorelli. Franson and Santorelli are set to become unrestricted free agents July 1, while Phaneuf and Lupul are signed to long-term deals.
Editor In Leaf is suggesting that Lupul is back on the block. Problem for the Leafs is that all the other teams now that Lupul is often injured.
Hometown Hockey’s Rob McPhee says the Toronto Maple Leafs have been looking for a number one centre since Mats Sundin left the team. Could Colorado Avalanche centre Ryan O'Reilly be a player that the Leafs target for a trade? Would a deadline deal make sense, and would the Leafs have to give up either Gardiner or Rielly?
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