I know what you’re going to think. Oh, here’s another crazy Leafs writer that thinks that the Toronto Maple Leafs can get whatever they want. Well, I’m far from that and there just might be a possibility that the Leafs could acquire the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Damien Cox posted this on Twitter yesterday.
Florida GM Dale Tallon told PTS he is actively shopping the No. 1 pick in this summer's NHL draft. Not just accepting offers – shopping it.
— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) May 2, 2014
If Dale Tallon is indeed shopping the first pick in the draft, the Leafs would be fools not to inquire about it. The Leafs might even have the assets that the Florida Panthers would like in return.
The Panthers are young team, much like the Leafs, with up and coming stars like Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad. They are also most likely in a “win as soon as possible” state of mind with Roberto Luongo in net. What the Panthers need now is quality, veteran leadership, not another young player that will take a few years to reach his full potential.
There is a veteran on the Leafs that would seem very intriguing to Tallon: Dave Bolland. He might be heading toward unrestricted free agency and we all know that Bolland is probably looking for lots of money. That might work out since George Richards of the Miami Herald said that the Panthers are going to be spending this summer.
Don't forget, #FlaPanthers say they will spend some serious cash this summer. On players and coach. Money talks. Big splash could be coming.
— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) April 29, 2014
It would be safe to assume that the Leafs’ eighth overall would have to be included in the deal. A prospect could also be included to sweeten the pot. However, what if there was a way to keep the Leafs eighth pick while still picking up the first pick?
A couple days ago, I wrote about how the Leafs might be in the position to trade Joffrey Lupul. Now, if they were to send Bolland, Lupul and a prospect to the Panthers, I think it just might be possible. The Leafs would then probably target Aaron Ekblad with the pick.
This is an avenue that the Leafs need to explore. If they can’t make a deal, there’s nothing lost. If they can, then the Leafs just might hit the jackpot.