A few tidbits on a quiet Sunday afternoon......
*Roberto Luongo was apparently in Toronto over the past couple days to meet with the Leafs and look at houses, schools, etc. Take that for what you will, but it's starting to look more and more like Bobby Lu will be wearing blue and white next season.
*Speaking to a source close to the Subban family, it appears PK is no longer comfortable wearing the bleu, blanc et rouge and would very much welcome a move elsewhere. Could the Canadiens be quietly accepting offers for the young defenseman? If so, I wonder if that will have some effect on what they do at the draft. Murray??? Trade with Edmonton???
*So I was thinking about all the possibilities that lay before us from now until Draft Day. There are so many possibilities and many trades that can be made in that time and a lot of rumours will be flying around....not just involving Toronto but league-wide. Of course, we’ll probably only see about 5% of everything that has been rumoured and talked about for weeks and weeks, but a few significant deals should go down. Having said that and having the ability to dream, I was conjuring up a few fantasy deals, mostly just for my own amusement.....
To TOR: Corey Schneider, Ryan Kesler, Mason Raymond
To VAN: Phil Kessel, Joe Colborne, Carl Gunnarsson, 2013 3rd rounder
Analysis: Let’s assume for a moment that due to the lack of interest in their star goalie, Vancouver decides it’s not worth it to deal Roberto Luongo at this time. He’s still a top goalie with 5 or 6 really good years left and given their window of opportunity to win, they can keep him, try to win now, trade Schneider and get a lot more of a return than what they’d get for Lu. Toronto still needs a goalie and a top line center. Kesler, who may be falling out of favour in Vancouver, could fill that role. Did I mention he’s American? Raymond can respond with a change of scenery and Schneider, also an American, becomes the Leafs #1 goalie.
It has been speculated recently that given his contract status, it may be wise to deal Phil Kessel now while the iron is hot. After all, if he is not a fan of the Toronto spotlight, chances are he signs elsewhere after his current contract expires and he becomes a UFA. Imagine the damage he could do playing with the Sedins. (Having said that, I don’t see Burke dealing his prized possession away after all the heat he got for dealing two 1st round picks and a 2nd rounder to get him.) Colborne is a top prospect. If Burke can sign Justin Schultz, it can ease the loss of Gunnarsson.
To TOR: Rick Nash, Steve Mason
To CLB: Nazem Kadri, Clarke MacArthur, James Reimer, Tim Connolly, 2nd rounder
Rick Nash replaces Phil Kessel as the 1st line RW and is signed for six more seasons. Columbus gets a young potential starting goalie, a top prospect and two potential top-6 forwards. Mason and Connolly are basically a positional salary swap. Connolly can provide some much-needed offense for Columbus while Mason can be our back-up for a year until Scrivens is ready. Losing both Colborne and Kadri hurts, but that can be replaced by drafting Grigorenko or Forsberg.
To MTL: #1 overall
To EDM: #3 overall, PK Subban, 2nd round pick
Self-explanatory. Edmonton needs defense and Subban wants out while Montreal desperately needs an offensive star.
1. N. Yakupov (Mtl)
2. A. Galchenyuk (Clb)
3. R. Murray (Edm)
4. Rielly/Dumba/Reinhart (NYI)
5. F. Forsberg/Grigorenko (Tor)
31. M. Subban (Edm)
The Leafs line-up would look something like this.....
Lupul Kesler Nash
Kulemin Grabovski Frattin
Raymond Bozak Forsberg
Brown Steckel Crabb/Armstrong
Not gonna happen.......but it’s fun to speculate.
To TOR: Roberto Luongo, Mason Raymond
To VAN: Mike Komisarek, Joe Colborne, 2nd round pick
To TOR: 2nd overall pick, Steve Mason
To CLB: 5th overall pick, James Reimer, Tim Connolly, Jerry D’Amigo
1. N. Yakupov (Edm)
2. A. Galchenyuk (Tor)
3. F. Forsberg (Mtl)
4. R. Murray (NYI)
5. M. Grigorenko (Clb)
Lupul Galchenyuk Kessel
Kulemin Grabo MacArthur
Raymond Bozak Frattin
Brown Steckel Crabb/Armstrong
That’s maybe a more realistic scenario but it’s still far-fetched. It’s really hard for me to see Columbus being willing to trade down......but you never know. We gotta keep ourselves busy until Friday.