I know rumors are apart of hockey. They will almost always be around. If I could go a day not hearing about Tomas Kaberle is going to get traded for this, I think I might die.
Usually these rumors come from second rate sites where people are looking to get the hits on their site. It’s understandable, but god awful annoying. So starting out with rumors was the last thing I wanted to do, but then Darren Dreger opts to let a rumor slip.
When a rumor comes from a fan made site, or a hockey unknown, you can usually push it off. When it comes from a respectable source like Dreger, you tend to pay a little more attention to it.
Dreger never let a name slip, but he did say that Brian Burke has some major deals lined up. That the Leafs had the assets to get a top flight center and a high end left winger. Not to mention of course a true starting goaltender. Dreger claims that the Leafs have the assets to acquire these players and Burke will do whatever it might take to this team a playoff team next season.
My take, Burke shouldn’t make any unnecessary risks while trading. Leave that 2012 1st round pick where it is. Missing out on Tyler Seguin and what looks to be a possible Brandon Saad or a Ryan Strome, two young, very good players who could do wonders for the Leafs future, that they missed out on. I can’t see Burke dealing next years pick which could end up being a possible Martin Frk or a Ryan Murray. Not a pick that can be dealt in my opinion.
Then the question comes up about about dealing a Nazem Kadri? No way right? Well, not so fast.
Could Nazem Kadri become a great hockey player, developing into a top line center, the one the Buds are looking for to play with Phil Kessel. Of course he could, with a good four-five years of development, but if an offer hits the table, where a top line center becomes available for Kadri, you have to think about taking the deal…..Why?
Well, Kadri could very well become a top flight center in this league, he’s got the potential. But remember a guy named Jiri Tlustly? That top line center that everyone looked forward to seeing in a Leafs jersey for years to come? While Kadri could become a big game center, he could also become another Jiri Tlusty.
If you can get a proven player, either just entering or still in his prime, then you might have to make a deal. Especially if it improves your club now, and the future.
Needless to say, with the trade deadline just a month away, I expect to see some shake ups in the organization. Now while we might not see any game breaking trades, I would expect Burke to try and acquire a little extra fire power while possibly moving one of our goaltenders as well.