Toronto Maple Leafs: Should They Trade James Van Riemsdyk?

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Nov 20, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42) and left wing James van Riemsdyk (21) and right wing Phil Kessel (81) look on from the bench in the second period moments after van Riemsdyk s goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Last week we explored trading Jake Gardiner. This week we move on to Toronto Maple Leafs forward James Van Riemsdyk.

There are – almost – no untouchables on the Toronto Maple Leafs. James Van Riemsdyk’s name hasn’t been mentioned nearly as much as some of the other Leafs players, but he’s still available for the right price.

Question: Should the Toronto Maple Leafs trade James Van Riemsdyk?

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David Chernish


The Leafs should not trade James van Riemsdyk – due to his low cap hit at 4.25 million for three more years. He is a strong power forward who is more than capable of putting up 60 points a year, and maybe even more if he had a top line center.

He always plays his heart out and brings his game night in and night out. Sure, he had a bad season this year but so did the rest of the Toronto Maple Leafs – JVR is a player every team wants and needs and will be a key piece to the rebuild.

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