The infamous hockey blogger known as Eklund is back with a Toronto Maple Leaf rumor. While I never put much stock in his rumors, I thought I’d touch on his latest rumor concerning the Leafs.
Now, I doubt anything that comes from Eklund’s blog, but just for fun, let’s ask the question of what the Leafs could get for Gardiner from each team.
Ekulund mentions Brayden Schenn as a player that the Leafs might want, but the Flyers would be reluctant to part with him.
While it would be nice to see the more talented Schenn brother in a Leaf uniform, it would take more than Gardiner to acquire him. Keep in mind that the last time the Leafs traded a young defenseman for a underachieving forward, the Leafs ended up with James van Riemsdyk and the Flyers got Luke Schenn.
I think the best the Leafs could get from the Flyers is a first-round pick as I don’t think they’d want to get rid of any young players on their roster or prospects.
It would probably take another prospect on top of Gardiner to bring in Backlund, but it might be the best return the Leafs could get for Gardiner.
If the Leafs were to clear about seven million dollars in cap space, a deal that would net the Leafs Paul Stastny would be perfect. The acquisition of Stastny would appease most detractors of Tyler Bozak being the Leafs’ No. 1 center as Stastny could be the perfect fit in between Phil Kessel and JVR.
The only problem would be Stastny’s $6.6 million cap hit for the rest of this season. He is a UFA at season’s end, but that cap hit would still be a lot to swallow.
What do you guys think the Leafs should get for Gardiner?