Trade Rumors: Kessel, Penguins trio, Goligoski or Daly and the Leafs should move up in the draft


  • Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: Feschuk thinks it’s time for the Maple Leafs to trade Phil Kessel.

    There’d be no better time to trade Kessel, considering his excellent run of play as the league’s sixth-leading regular-season scorer has put his value at an all-time high. Don’t for a moment believe that Nonis, fresh off delivering a no-Leaf-is-untouchable post-season message, isn’t thinking hard about the possibility.

    The Leafs need to give up value to get their “long-sought No. 1 center.” Kessel, along with Dion Phaneuf will be UFAs after next season. Dion’s stock is weighed down by his $6.5 million salary. Nonis’ shopping list isn’t short, which should include an upgrade in net. They should consider UFA Mike Smith and possibly revisit Roberto Luongo. The Leafs will look at UFA David Clarkson, but he’ll be looking for big money. The Leafs blueline needs more high-end talent at low prices. Moving up in the draft would make sense, along with trolling for compliance buyouts that may come cheap.

  • Spector’s Hockey: Richardson thinks that IF the Penguins were to move any of Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury, Fleury is the likely one to move. Malkin is too valuable to the them and Letang is their best puck-moving defenseman. IF the Penguins were to trade or buy out Fleury, they would need to find a young, affordable backup for Tomas VokounDmitry Chesnokov: Chesnokov suggests Michal Neuvirth.
  • Bob Stauffer: Stauffer see the Stars trying to trade Alex Goligoski or Trevor Daley for a centerman if they can get Sergei Gonchar signed.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox thinks the Leafs need a center like Sean Monahan and should look at moving up in the draft. The Predators are dangling the No. 4 pick, the Oilers at No. 7 could also move their pick. Trading youth-for-youth would make sense, and they could use Jake Gardiner. It would be a type of move that wouldn’t help them next year, but more of building move.

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  1. #1 by Patrick at June 8th, 2013

    I don’t know who this Feschuk character is. But I think he’s trying to stir it up in the papers.

  2. #2 by CMG at June 8th, 2013

    I think you’re right, Patrick.

    I don’t see how an upgrade in net is a necessity for the Leafs, considering how well Reimer played (for most of) last season. If it weren’t for him, the Leafs wouldn’t have been in the playoffs at all.
    Also, how wouldn’t acquiring that sought after number 1 center make more sense if you kept Kessel?

    On Cox’s note, how would moving Jake Gardiner help? Do the Leafs have another offensive D-man like Gardiner in their system that could take his place? The kid could be as good as Kris Letang. I don’t think trading him for a chance to draft an unproven player at the NHL is a good idea at all…

  3. #3 by Jones at June 9th, 2013

    Don’t think those are very good ideas at all…. Leafs need to add a few pieces not get rid of their #1 scorer… What’s the point of a good centre if we’ve traded away our best winger

  4. #4 by John at June 9th, 2013

    haha wow, I was gonna say what Patrick said, must not have a lot to write about right now.

  5. #5 by Ryan at June 9th, 2013

    God all mighty, these Toronto Star “analysts” are the biggest bunch of idiots I have ever heard talk about the Leafs like this in my life. Thank god they are NOT running the Leafs organization

  6. #6 by micatola at June 22nd, 2013

    Stop with the Jake Gardner rumours already. The Leafs would be insane to give up on a guy with so much natural ability. I don’t think Nonis is going to care what Carlyle thinks of the kid. Coaches are a dime a dozen. If they want to move up in the draft we can’t assume that every team is going to expect Gardiner in return. They may ask but it won’t be a ‘him or no one else’ scenario because teams know certain players aren’t in play. If they want to deal they will be looking at guys like Percy, Blacker or Holzer. I don’t like hearing Frattin’s name in rumours though. He’s about to break out.

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