We’ve been hearing lots of trade rumors surrounding both Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner in separate deals. Now according to The Fourth Period, there might be talk of putting them in the same deal to achieve a better return.
TFP starts off by saying that the Toronto Maple Leafs has been ‘actively’ searching for a top-line center. You could say that the Leafs have been looking for that since Mats Sundin left.
Acquiring a No. 1 center would obviously knock Kadri out of a job. TFP goes on to write this.
It’s believed the Maple Leafs would be willing to package Kadri and defenseman Jake Gardiner in a deal for a proven first-line center, and then move Tyler Bozak off of the top unit to man the second line.
It’s the fact that the Leafs might be willing to put both of them in the same deal that’s shocking. If this indeed happens, the No. 1 center better be a top tier centerman.
Skinner is obviously the best choice out of those three as he is a year younger than Kadri. He is also from Toronto so the acquisition of Skinner would bring another hometown player back to Toronto.
Gagner would not be a good enough return for Kadri and Gardiner so there would have to be something else coming Toronto’s way. Most likely a mid-level prospect or a second-round pick.
Stastny would be a good pickup and might be worth Kadri and Gardiner just barely, but the problem is that he is a pending unrestricted free agent. The only way that deal would happen is if the Leafs were able to talk Colorado into re-signing him to a deal that Toronto would be okay with paying. Basically, Toronto would say “Offer Stastny This Amount of Dollars”, the Avalanche would make the offer and see if contract could be agreed to.
However, there is probably more talks going on that we don’t know about. Maybe Dave Nonis learned a few things from Brian Burke and there’s a return that we didn’t see coming from a team we weren’t even thinking about.
Parting with both Kadri and Gardiner would hurt but the only return that would be coming back for those two together would be one that would satisfy all but the harshest of Leafs fans. Nonis would make sure of that as he doesn’t look to be a general manager that is going to make dumb trades.