No. 1: Brad Marchand ($6.125M)
After haunting the Toronto Maple Leafs for years, wouldn’t it be great to finally have a happy moment with the Boston Bruins?
The Bruins are in a weird spot right now. They have a few aging leaders, with a ton of youth sprinkled in the line-up, but they’re not quite a Stanley Cup contender. Instead of keeping the old guy’s around and not getting anything in return for them when their contracts expire, they may want to trade that aging skill and acquire something younger to build towards a Stanley Cup in the next three-to-five years.
Nobody is hated more than Brad Marchand, but nobody would be more loved in this city than him.
The 34-year-old isn’t getting younger, but he definitely has a few good year’s left in the tank, and most importantly, he shows up in the biggest moments. Marchand has always been a big playoff-performer, as shown by his 11 points in seven playoff games this year.
If you’re the Leafs, Marchand is the perfect player to inject into this line-up and he could seriously be the difference between winning a Stanley Cup.
Convincing the Bruins to get rid of one of their fanbase’s favorite players may be tough, but the money works out perfectly and it could be a great boost for both teams for the future.