Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul: Anatomy Of A Trade

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Can the injury cursed Joffrey Lupul bring in the kind of return that the Leafs want? Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Recapping The Anatomy Of A Joffrey Lupul Trade

Here are all the trades we just proposed;

All of these trades involve the Leafs retaining salary, because no matter your opinion of Lupul’s talent level, his cap hit and play this year combined with his injury curse does not equal 5.25M per season for three more seasons.

In a best case scenario, the Leafs find a team *Cough-Florida-Cough* to believe in Lupul finding the cure for his injury curse and returning to his 25+ goal 60+ point form and being a key veteran cog in their playoff bound team. Realistically, the Leafs will have to retain at least some of Lupul’s salary (Somewhere between 750K and 2.25M) and most likely a bad contract in return. After that unpleasantness, the Leafs will get some nice pieces for Lupul, whether that is in the form of picks or prospects.

So we’ve completed our anatomical breakdown of a Lupul trade. Who do you think makes the most sense as a trading partner? Which deal is the best value for the Leafs? Which is the absolute worst and “I must be crazy for even proposing it” trade? Let me know in the comment section below, you can also reach me on Twitter @TorrinBatchelor to keep the debate going!

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