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NHL Trade Rumors: Toronto Maple Leafs Should Trade For The No. 1 Overall Pick


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.

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.

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.

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54 Comments on NHL Trade Rumors: Toronto Maple Leafs Should Trade For The No. 1 Overall Pick

  1. cjhowardo says:

    Who gives away the 1st overall for guys like Lupul, Bolland and a “prospect”? First, we dont have any good prospects. Second, lupul is a moderate to decent 2nd liner on a contending team. Bolland? That sweetens no pot. These overvaluations of the crap guys who cant even get us into the playoffs is why Leaf Fans get such a bad rap…

    • Jeffrey Langridge says:

      For one, I don’t over-evaluate any players. If Bolland becomes a UFA,
      he will be one of the most sought after players. His playoff experience
      with the Hawks is something everything will want. Also remember that
      Tallon was with the Blackhawks drafted Bolland. He sweetens the pot
      because of his history with Tallon.

      Lupul had a bad
      year this year and yes the Leafs missed the playoffs year. But if you
      will remember, Lupul had a good year last year and was a big reason they
      made the playoffs. When Lupul is on, and he usually is, he can help any
      team in the NHL. He has come a long way since being a salary dump in
      the Jake Gardiner trade.

      It also makes me a little crazy when Leafs fans have no good prospects. All you have to do is look at the Toronto Marlies and see how good they’re doing. Some of those players have to be pretty good for them to be doing so well. As for junior prospects, Matt Finn has lead the Guelph Storm to the OHL Finals. One of the teams they beat was the Erie Otters, where Connor Brown plays. I’m not sure if you heard of him over this past season, but I’d say he’s a pretty good prospect. Andreas Johnson is looking like he’ll be a steal of a sixth-round pick. And while Frederik Gauthier is loathed for when he was picked he will eventually be a pretty good player for the Leafs. You can’t stock a team with snipers now can you? I love how Leafs fans don’t like this guy because he was picked 21st, but if the Leafs didn’t take him, he probably would have been taken in the next two or three picks.

      • Brad says:

        So you’re saying that oft-injured Lupul (who, by the way, has a limited no-trade clause), impending UFA Bolland (who can sign with any team he wants come July 1), and one of Finn/Brown/Johnson/Gauthier is going to net the #1 overall pick. Yeah, right.

        • nutts says:

          That is the type of delusion that the majority of leaf fans suffer from. I call it Burkitis, which is the constant overvaluing of any and all prospects and players on the roster.

          • Jeffrey Langridge says:

            I love how everyone thinks I’m delusional. If the No. 1 overall pick was set to be Nathan MacKinnon or Connor McDavid, yes the Leafs would have to give up more. While the crop this year is good, it’s nowhere near as good as last season or next season. That’s why Florida is shopping the pick. If the pick was set to be the next Crosby, not happening.

            Also, do you remember that I said the Leafs might have to include the 8th overall pick. I still believe that would be likely to be the case. It’s wishful thinking for the Leafs to make this trade without it, but if they could find a way, it would be the best route for them.

      • nutts says:

        Want to know who else had a good year last year? Clarkson.

        • Jeffrey Langridge says:

          Did I ever say Lupul had a good year? No. Clarkson didn’t either. But Leaf fans always look at a contract and judge him by that alone. Yes, Clarkson underperformed. Hopefully, he will bounce back next season because he is better than what he did last year. Especially if there is a coaching change, Clarkson might be one to watch next year.

          • nutts says:

            Lupul can help any team? How did he do in Edmonton? Why shouldn’t fans look at a contract and judge the player by that? Isn’t that what they are getting paid to perform? Of course Clarkson stands the potential to improve next season; the only way he could get worse is if he wore snowshoes on the ice.

          • Jeffrey Langridge says:

            You have to take development as a player into account. It wasn’t until he came to Toronto that he really found his game. I’m pretty sure now that he is older and has this experience, he would be better anywhere.

            On paying players, sometimes teams have to pay players more than they want. It’s called a bidding war. It happens a lot in free agency. More than a few teams wanted Clarkson and he actually took less to come to Toronto although it was still a little much. But just remember he could have gotten more to stay in New Jersey or go to Edmonton.

          • nutts says:

            Why did it take Lupul so much longer to find his game compared to others from the same draft year? Surely Rick Nash was a slow process developing into the player he is now, as was Ryan Whitney. Just because they are drafted high, doesn’t mean they will pan out. Just look at Jason Bonsignore, another leaf that apparently had tonnes of potential.

            Toronto in 2 years will be screaming to get out from under their contract with Clarkson, but they will not be able to. They are stuck…literally and figuratively handcuffed to that ridiculous deal.

          • Jeffrey Langridge says:

            Players aren’t carbon copies of each other. They develop differently. Some reach their full potential very quickly, some slowly and some not even at all.

            If Toronto wants to get rid of Clarkson, they can simply buy him out. It has already been discussed. Wait a couple of seasons and the buyout will barely have an effect. The Leafs are the richest team in the NHL, they can afford it.

          • nutts says:

            AHA!!! But it is not that simple. After all, the Leafs used both of their non-compliance buyouts as soon as they got them on Grabovski and Komisarek. They no longer have any non-compliance buyouts for this current CBA. If the leafs choose to buyout Clarkson, they will be on the hook for approximately $4.69 mil against the cap right up until the conclusion of the 2019-2020 season.

            The leafs are still paying Tucker and Armstrong $1 mil against the cap this season, and thankfully for leaf fans, it is the last season for that. After all, they are both still playing, right?

            I am well aware how rich the leafs are. My union used to own them, and to that, I thank you for your continued patronage to an inferior product. But no matter how much money a team has, they cannot go over the preset cap.

          • Jeffrey Langridge says:

            Still a discount off of his $5.25 cap hit. Not much, but still discounted.

            Ah, the Teacher’s Union, yes? The worst thing to happen to the Leafs since Harold Ballard. They’re a big part of the reason the Leafs have suffered over the past couple seasons. An ownership group that doesn’t put any pressure on the team to win.

          • nutts says:

            Yes. You are correct. Buying into MLSE after Ballard passed away was worse than anything Ballard did. What did the teachers union do in consult with Tanenbaum? They only moved them out of MLG and built a new arena for them. Shame on them.

            What did Ballard do? I mean, aside from being charged with 49 counts of fraud and tax evasion, refusing to resign Keon and setting the trade value so high, he had to play for Minnesota of the WHA. After the WHA folded, Ballard tried to block any of the teams joining the NHL, and when Keon tried to join the Islanders, Ballard blocked that deal as well.

            Ballard also fired Roger Nielson, well against the wishes of the team. But 2 days later, Ballard asked Nielson to return, but Nielson had to wear a paper bag over his head.

            Ballard traded Lanny McDonald just to get at Sittler, which caused Sittler to rip his captaincy off of his jersey.

            Instead of fixing the dilapidated MLG, Ballard was cheap and refused to repair anything correctly. There are even stories of his placing sheets of plastic over the roof when it leaked.

            But yeah, I can see your point. After all, the teachers union only paid for a new arena. Is it the ownerships responsibility to place pressure on a team to win? After all, the leafs always spent up to the cap. That sounds more like a management issue to me.

          • Jeffrey Langridge says:

            Yes, the teacher’s gave the Leafs the ACC. But Ballard and the teacher’s union share the most important thing in common: Neither of them cared about winning.

          • nutts says:

            Well, my pension thanks the Leaf fans for not boycotting the games and holding the ownership group accountable.

          • Jeffrey Langridge says:

            You have take into account that most Leafs seats are taken up by corporations. The real Leaf fans have to give up their pension just to go to a game. Not really, but close.

          • nutts says:

            When the teachers union took over, there was Maple Leaf Gardens and their farm club. They tranformed into MLSE and spent money on the a new arena, the Raptors, Toronto FC, 2 sports specialty channels, and of course Maple Leaf Square. Ballard was running the Leafs from his jail cell. I cannot remember, off the top of my head, how much the leafs were bought for back in the early 90′s. I can say this much though, it probably wasn’t close to the just under $2 billion that they sold their 79.5% of shares for.

            To sit there and state that they were worse for the Leafs than Ballard is ludicrous.

          • Jeffrey Langridge says:

            I never said they were worse than Ballard. He is by far the worst. I said they are the worst thing since Ballard. Big difference.

          • nutts says:

            This is going nowhere. You’ve backed down on a couple of other statements, but you refuse to believe that the teachers union was possibly the best thing to happen to the leafs since Ballard. You may be the only one that believes that.

          • Jeffrey Langridge says:

            They were good for the Leafs on the business side of things. Better than Ballard. In terms of on-ice success, neither of them cared.

          • nutts says:

            Until the last year, they were the only thing to happen to the leafs since Ballard.

          • nutts says:

            And how terrible does it look on Leaf management if they are considering (according to you, I haven’t heard of this) buying out Clarkson? After all, he is only one year into a 7 year $36.75 mil deal.

          • Jeffrey Langridge says:

            http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/rumor-roundup-will-the-maple-leafs-buy-out-david-clarkson/

            That’s where I got the discussions about Clarkson. I don’t think they will buy him out this summer but if he continues to under perform for let’s say another two seasons, it could be possible.

          • nutts says:

            I checked that link. You really need to consider your sources. You have a guy that tells you another guy heard it from another guy, and when you click the link for the alleged tweet, it only brings you to Clarksons Capgeek page.

          • Jeffrey Langridge says:

            Okay, it might have happened. It might not have, but while The Hockey News might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I would trust most of what they say. Not all, but most.

          • nutts says:

            You stated that Lupul had a good year last season. Would you like to know why? It was a contract year, as it was with Clarkson. This was his first season on a new contract. As a leaf fan, you should be familiar with other players that had good seasons, and were rewarded with impressive contracts. Remember Jason Blake?

          • Jeffrey Langridge says:

            I’m going to guess you’re referring to one of my other posts regarding Lupul. You want a fact, here’s one. In his four seasons as a Leaf, Lupul has a Points Per Game of .82. Take this season out of the equation and it becomes .93. That’s over three injury-plagued seasons. Compare that to Phil Kessel’s Points Per Game As Leaf, which is .91 over five seasons. All of a sudden, maybe it looks he wasn’t paid because of a good contract year.

            If you want proof, here it is.

            Lupul’s Hockey-Reference Page: http://www.hockey-reference.com/players/l/lupuljo01.html

            Kessel’s Hockey-Reference Page: http://www.hockey-reference.com/players/k/kesseph01.html

          • nutts says:

            You said that he had a good year last year earlier in this thread. You also said that “When Lupul is on, and he usually is, he can help any team in the NHL.”
            But then you list off a few teams that he hasn’t played well for Anaheim, Edmonton, and Philadelphia. You mention that in a comment below.

          • Jeffrey Langridge says:

            “Lupul had a bad year this year and yes the Leafs missed the playoffs this year. But if you will remember, Lupul had a good year last year and was a big reason they made the playoffs.”

            This year: 2013-14 Season

            Last Year: 2012-13 Season.

          • nutts says:

            Yes, you are correct. It had nothing to do with a shortened season now did it? Where were the leafs sitting after 48 games this season? How did they finish?

          • Jeffrey Langridge says:

            I don’t like how nearly everyone thinks a lockout-shortened season doesn’t matter. If it doesn’t, we should just take away the Stanley Cups away from New Jersey and Chicago. The individual awards away from the players that won them. A season is a season, no matter how many games. Remember that the NHL only started having 82 game seasons in 1995-96. Before that there was 84, 80, and in the early days of the NHL, 50, 60 and 70 games.

          • Tim Bayer says:

            I don’t think anybody’s saying lockout-shortened seasons shouldn’t count. Just that we should be wary of reading too much into the results of these seasons because they’re likely skewed by a small sample size. We definitely saw some regression from Kadri and Lupul this year. Not that they’re bad players, just we shouldn’t expect them to be near point-per-game players. At least not for a few seasons in Kadri’s case. It’s the same reason I don’t think we should expect Bozak to play as well next season.

  2. outburst says:

    Proofread dude. Try reading that second sentence out loud.

  3. TiberiusLubin says:

    im sorry but this guy is a complete moron, the fact someone pays him to write articles like this blows my mind….. figure it out and give us something thats not completely ridiculous, Bolland and Lupul for the first overall pick, your a joke buddy. i should be getting paid to write for you guys not this guy, i have better stories than you

    • Tim Bayer says:

      Feel free to apply. Always looking for more writers. http://fansided.com/join-fansided/

    • Jeffrey Langridge says:

      Read the entire article. I only mention a trade without the 8th overall pick in only one paragraph. Is it doubtful? Yes. But it’s a good way to get the conversation started. I mention Bolland and Lupul because other people industry, newspaper and television personalities among them, are also mentioning them. No matter their injury problems, they are effective players when they are healthy. If Bolland becomes a UFA, he will get the money he wants.

  4. TiberiusLubin says:

    the only thing this leaf team is going to do is trade Reimer and hopefully get rid of Phaneuf, and try to make a push for someone like joe Pavelski

    • nutts says:

      Can’t trade Phaneuf. His NTC kicks in on July 1/14. Who would take him at $7 mil per year after the last couple of seasons?

      • Jeffrey Langridge says:

        Phaneuf could be traded within the next couple years if he chooses to. With the cap going up, soon $7 million won’t be scaring anyone away that spends to the cap. Also, there are some teams that could be desperate enough to take a chance on Phaneuf, even with all that money.

        • nutts says:

          “If” he chooses too. We could be here all day what iffing these scenarios.

          • Jeffrey Langridge says:

            Look at the world of writing about trade rumors, especially near the deadline and in the off-season. That world runs on “ifs”.

          • nutts says:

            With the way Phaneufs play has deteriorated over the past couple of seasons, do you seriously think a team would take on his contract in a couple years time? He is not a d-man teams look at if they are shoring up their back end for a playoff run.

          • Jeffrey Langridge says:

            Neither was Francios Beauchemin. But yet the Anaheim Ducks traded for him and the Leafs got Lupul and Gardiner out of it. GMs in the NHL sometimes make deals that don’t make sense everyone, but they still happen. Also, ever heard of the term “change of scenery”? Players can play better when they move to another team. Look at Lupul, other than this season, he has been a great player for the Leafs, yet he wasn’t previously in Anaheim, Philadelphia and Edmonton. Sometimes, a player just has to find the right coach and system.

  5. nutts says:

    Who would give up their first round pick for players that are consistently injured? If people think Lupul is fragile, Bolland makes him look like an iron man. Bolland has been on the IR 18 times, and only played a handful of games this season. If the leafs give him a big money deal, and if past history is any indicator of bad contracts they will, teams will avoid Bolland much like they will laugh when the leafs try to trade away Clarkson.

  6. Jeff Herman says:

    Leafs fans, the Lightning will be willing to trade you Hedman for your next 100 first round draft picks. Nobody wants Lupul is who not worth his contract, Bolland (who we would be overpaying by giving any value as he will go to the highest bidder once Free agency begins), and a Prospect (basically saying a player who is not any good and might make the team as a 3rd or 4th liner in another 4-5 years, but not produe). This “author” starts by saying don’t think I am another leaf writer who thinks we can give anything and get anything, but he does just that.

  7. John Knight says:

    Trades are two-way streets. What teams will give anything of value for an injury-prone, one way player like Lupul or the brainfart champion Pha9 and his cement block of a contract or the useless Clarkson who bagged 36 mil on the basis of one season in Jersey?
    What’s the next wet dream, Kadri for Toews, even up?

  8. John Knight says:

    Indeed the Marlies are doing well. Unfortunately, they play in the AHL. This fact escapes many people. In other news, the Leafs need people who can play in the NHL… now.

    • Tim Bayer says:

      D’Amigo, Ashton, Leivo, Holland, MacIntyre, Percy, Granberg, MacWilliam – all guys who will compete for spots on the Leafs next year, and I expect most of them to see some games.

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