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Brian Burke the Leafs general manager finds himself in a very interesting position as he tries to reshape this roster, rumours continue to swirl that he will move just about anyone on this roster but is not only open to taking on big contracts if they include some draft picks but also some key players to help speed up this rebuilding plan. Burke would love to be able to land a Top 6 forward in the coming weeks as well as a stud defensemen but this is easier said then done but after seeing this weeks trade between the Sens and Isles and Ottawa giving up a first rounder in a trade for marginal less players then what the Leafs have to offer, may have just increased the price to pay for a Kaberle, Antropov or Toskala. Lets look at what would be a fair trade for the Leafs most coveted players with the teams that are potentially buyers this deadline.

Tomas Kaberle who i feel is a Top 10 offensive defensemen in the league for those of you who don't think so you must agree he is definitely a Top 15. Kaberle should garner the Leafs a 1st round pick is all but guaranteed but what else may the Leafs be interested in for him?

Pittsburgh Deal- 1st Round Pick and either F-Jordan Staal or D-Brooks Orpik

Montreal Deal- 1st Round Pick, F- Brock Trotter and D-PK Subban

Calgary Deal- 1st Round Pick, F-Matthew Lombardi and F-Dustin Boyd

New Jersey Deal- 1st Round Pick, 4th Round Pick and F-John Madden

Washington Deal- 1st Round Pick, 2nd Round Pick and F-Dmitri Kugryshev

Nik Antropov has just scored his second 20 goal season in a row and seems to be getting better with age, easily a top 6 forward on many NHL teams. Potential 30 goal scorer even 40 with right centermen.

Pittsburgh Deal- 2nd Round Pick and D-Ryan Whitney

Vancouver Deal- 1st Round Pick and F-Michael Grabner

Washington Deal- 1st Round Pick and 3rd Round Pick

Columbus Deal- 3rd Round Pick and G-Dan Lacosta

Vesa Toskala will need to play as he has the last couple of games to have a taker Burke does not seem to thrilled with him as a goalie so look for him to see if their is any interest out there. Toskala could get back to his San Jose form with a sound defense in front of him.

Detroit Deal- 2nd Round Pick and F- Jiri Hudler

Minnesota Deal- G Niklas Backstrom

Philadelphia Deal- F-Claude Giroux and D- Ryan Parent

Dominic Moore has had a breakout year and looks to have lit a fire under Jason Blake. Moore will be offered a contract but if he waivers look for Burke to send him packing as his value may never be higher.

Vancouver Deal- 3rd Round Pick, 5th Round Pick

Dallas Deal- 3rd Round Pick, 5th Round Pick

Detroit Deal- 3rd Round Pick, 5th Round Pick

The Leafs could move up to 10 players off their roster if the right valued trades were offered but these 4 players look to be the players that could be gone come deadline time. This is always an exciting time of the year not only gor Leafs fans but for all hockey fans but mark my words as the Ottawa trade has shown us, teams will be overpaying this deadline how much we will find out March 4, 20009.
February 22, 2009 3:10 PM ET | Delete
Toskala will not fetch Nicklas Backstrom.
February 22, 2009 4:20 PM ET | Delete
Some of these trades are terrible. The Devils wont trade Madden while they are a top team in the conference. Plus why do the Leafs want a 35 year old UFA??Your Antropov suggestions are way out to lunch. The first 3 all kinda close, then the Columbus one is no where near the same. Why is Antropov so valuable to Pit, Wash and/or Vancouver, but basically worthless to Columbus. A 3rd and Lacosta is nowhere near what the other 3 proposal are. If he's worth a first from Wash and Vancouver then he's worth a 1st from CLB too.There is no way in that Toskala gets anything close to the three deals proposed. I wouldn't move Moore for any of these deals. His leadership and intangibles are worth more than a 3rd and 5th. If they can't find something better than these, re-sign him.
ndk
February 22, 2009 4:47 PM ET | Delete
I think the Antro deal with columbus was supposed to be for a 3rd and Leclaire. I can see where you got confused to lol. I think Antro to columbus for a 2nd and P. Leclaire might be a decent deal. I dont think he goes for a 1st, although i'm all for it if he can! Toskola for Backstrom straight up is way off the mark. Backs is playing like a superstar right now and will be one of the few premeir goaltending talents that may be available on free agency. Toskola seems more like a liability right now than anything else (although his play has picked up lately... i seriously think he's been injured this season). You're going to have to send some picks back to make that trade. Also... John Madden-- wtf? lol. Fun read though, thanks man.
February 22, 2009 5:24 PM ET | Delete
those might be deals burke is looking for but they are ones he will never get
February 22, 2009 7:22 PM ET | Delete
Thanks for taking the time to post, but I have to agree, most of these trades are far fetched. Toskala will not get traded, I highly doubt that Burke will give up an asset that he knows (when playing well) can fetch him some more. give Toskala until summer, if his play picks up, then there will be some teams looking for a goalie believe me. If not, then what's wrong with holding out and trading him for garbage this time next year lol
February 22, 2009 7:48 PM ET | Delete
no way Kaberle nets the leafs a first round pick and Jordan Staal.If Montreal is desperate enough they may get a first and PK Subban.Cant see the leafs taking Madden unless the know that they could flip him to another team.The only way Whitney gets traded is for a winger for Crosby.The Washington deal makes sense the leafs would be looking for a first for Antropov and if there is a bidding war the leafs may be able to get another pick. A first and prospect like Grabner (who has 21 in 43 games for Manitoba) is reasonable as well.Toskola couldn't fetch Hudler alone (he's got 20 goals) let alone a second as well. Backstrom is an all star who wil be needed be Minnesota to have any chance at the post season.Moore is a player Burke should be keeping as long as salary demands aren't outrageous. He 's terrific on faceoffs and is very fast just the kind of player the leafs want going forward. Plus he's a leader on the team.
February 23, 2009 9:25 AM ET | Delete
Pipe dream on the Toskala trades... no way anyone gives anything for this guy while he's playing like a backup...
February 23, 2009 12:30 PM ET | Delete
In response to what im thinking from a few of the comments let me break it down.1)Kaberle is worth more then what people seem to give him credit for and Jordan Staal on a team with Crosby and Malkin has never had more then 42 points in 3 seasons, Staal currently plays an average of 20 minutes a game and has 32 points, 2 more then Kaberle who hasn't played in 11 games. Kaberle numbers of the last few years:07-08 (9th in Defensemen Points and 17th in Time played)06-07 (9th in Defensemen Points and 10th in Time played)05-06 (5th in Defensemen Points and 2nd in Time played)and i can go on and on do you really think Kaberle can not fetch Jordan Staal and a 1st Rounder?2) John Madden is available as the Devils know they wont be able to sign him, the Devils need a defensemen and what better way to sweeten the trade and get something for Madden at the same time. If the Leafs do move Moore, and decide to sign a 35 year old Madden, he is a more then adequate replacement.3) Niklas Backstrom is a UFA and the penny pinching Wild may not fork over the $6 million or so to sign Backstrom so instead of losing him for nothing they get a goalie for less money signed for another year and let the Leafs deal with the headache of signing Backstrom.4) Antropov could possibly fetch at least a 2nd Round pick and Lacosta from Columbus but the understanding is that goalie always fetch the most depending on the goaltender. Goalies, Quarterbacks, Pitchers just the way it works in sports. LaCosta is a top prospect goaltender that is the same age as Pogge looked a lot better in his call up for Columbus then Pogge has for the Leafs and is having a better season in the AHL then Pogge , so why not lock up another goaltender as we know we need another potential NHL caliber goaltender.
February 23, 2009 6:44 PM ET | Delete
I really don't think that Kaberle will fetch Staal and a 1st. Kaberle is an amazing asset but please... why would Pittsburgh give up the assets for something that is not a need? Overlooked in your analysis is that Pittsburgh already has Gonchar, Whitney Letang and Goligoski as offensive blueline types... not to mention that they have seven quality NHL defensemen on roster with Boucher on the IR and the aforementioned Goligoski in the minors... so no... I don't think Pittsburgh will cough up Staal and a 1st for Kaberle... I think they would move those assets for a star winger if the opportunity arose.
February 23, 2009 6:47 PM ET | Delete
2) NJ is a playoff team. Playoff teams are less likely, if at all, to deal pending UFA's... especially NJ. Look at the team's history: Langenbrunner, Rafalski, Niedermayer, Elias, Holik... they have never been shy about waiting until the off season to sign pending UFAs... sometimes they win, sometimes they lose... but they will not be trading career Devil John Madden for fear of losing him for nothing.
February 23, 2009 6:50 PM ET | Delete
3) Of all the starters in the NHL, only Chris Osgoode has worse stats than Vesa Toskala. The Wild are gunning for a playoff spot and have an All-Star netminder... you've gotta figure that if they are going to jeopardize that playoff standing by dealing their goalie that they would take in a better asset than the (statistically speaking) second worst starter in the league... following your thinking the Leafs could trade a signed Ponikarovsky straight up for Gaborik... because what the heck... Gaborik is injured and leaving in the off season anyways...
February 23, 2009 6:56 PM ET | Delete
4) I think you are confusing Dan LaCosta for Steve Mason because this LaCosta fellow is no top prospect. As per www.hockeysfuture.com he projects as a solid 2nd stringer or elite minor leaguer. As per faceoff.com he projects as a subpar number one or good number 2 goalie... this isn't the solution to the Toronto netminding issues...Pascal LeClaire could be... but Dan LaCosta is not... Toronto already has a goalie with similar projection in James Reimer.
February 23, 2009 6:58 PM ET | Delete
Sir, I'd just like to state that I'm not flaming you... just seeing a hugely different picture from where I sit and evidently getting worked up in the process :-). I would love to see the Toskala for Backstrom or the Kaberle for Staal and the 1st happen... as much as I would loathe to see LaCosta as the return for Antropov... I just don't see any of the four trades I've commenting on happening and should any of them happen (hopefully moreso the Staal and Backstrom) I would gladly eat my words and salute you.
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