It seems as if the perfect storm is building in New York (no pun intended). The Rangers have traded away Del Zotto, are having trouble signing Callahan and seemingly will be unable to lock up Dan Girardi.
Enter the Maple Leafs, the Leafs have been looking to bolster their defence with a solid defensive minded defenceman and Girardi fits the bill. He is a top pairing d-man who has the ability to be a an elite shut down man, while allowing his partners to flourish offensively (See Mcdonagh).
The Maple Leafs currently have a glutten of offensive minded defenceman who are unable to have chemistry in the defensive end and are causing many secondary chances for the opposition.
Since the Rangers seem to be retooling and have traded away a puck moving defenceman it seems highly unlikely they will allow Girardi to walk away in the offseason. I propose a trade to Mr. Sather
To New York:
Jake Gardiner & a 2nd Round Pick
Now I understand Leaf fans will be up in arms over the second round pick along side with Gardiner going to the Rangers. However, Gardiner still has not completely developed and must be resigned as he is a restricted free agent. Also, as previously mentioned Girardi is an established top pairing D-Man who is well worth it.
Leaf Defence Core After Trade:
Now THAT is a D-Core you can be proud of icing game in and game out...but who knows, knowing the luck of Leaf fans Girardi will end up in Boston.