Well, Eklund is once again talking about the Toronto Maple Leafs. This time, however, he pretty much mentions a full trade. This time, he says that there is a rumor going around suggesting that the Leafs will send James Reimer, Nazem Kadri and a draft pick to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Ryan Kesler and a prospect.
First things first, this does seem to a trade that benefits both teams. Toronto gets Kesler, a center who could easily help their second line. The Canucks get a young Kesler replacement in Kadri and they get a goalie in Reimer that has more experience than both Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom. As long as that pick heading the Canucks’ way isn’t a first-rounder, the deal looks good.
Now the problems with the deal. The biggest one is that it has widely been reported that Kesler wants to play for an American team after spending his entire career so far in Canada. He also has a no-trade clause in his contract, so if he doesn’t want to come to Toronto, he won’t be coming.
The one thing that Toronto has going for them is that the Leafs general manager Dave Nonis held the same position in Vancouver for the majority of the time they were both in the Canucks organization. Maybe Nonis could convince Kesler to come to Toronto. However, that is very doubtful.
As we get closer and closer to the 2014 NHL Draft, the speculation will surely ramp up.