Dec 17, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Florida Panthers defenceman Dmitry Kulikov (7) and defenceman Mike Weaver (43) and forward Aleksander Barkov (16) and forward Sean Bergenheim (20) celebrate a goal during the second period as Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) skates to the bench at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Trade Rumors: Toronto Maple Leafs & Florida Panthers Blockbuster In Works?

You know those Dion Phaneuf rumors that we keep hearing about? Well, here we are again with yet another scenario.

Howard Berger has said that he has heard of the same scenario from two NHL scouts so he believes it’s worth mentioning. The trade he brings up is between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Florida Panthers. It has the Leafs sending captain Dion Phanuef, Nazem Kadri and the eighth pick in the 2014 NHL Draft to the Panthers for veteran defenseman Ed Jovanovski and the first overall pick.

This is certainly an interesting scenario. For one, the Leafs giving up both Phaneuf and Kadri would definitely signal the culture change that Brendan Shanahan and Dave Nonis  have been talking about.

Phaneuf would give the Panthers another veteran defenseman alongside Brian Campbell to go along with all their young defensemen. Kadri would give them another weapon to go along with the likes of Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov.

In the Leafs case, acquiring the first overall pick would allow the Leafs to take Aaron Ekblad according to Berger. He goes on to mention that selecting Ekblad would give the Leafs a formidable top four in the future with Ekblad, Morgan Rielly, Jake Gardiner and Matt Finn.

Jovanovski has had two straight seasons where he has dealt with injuries. It is unclear if he’ll even be able to play next season. If he does play, the Leafs would have a veteran defenseman to guide the Leafs youngsters. If he doesn’t, he retires and doesn’t cost anything against the cap.

This is quite an out-there trade proposal, but then again, most blockbuster trades are. Could it happen?

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