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As the Leafs continue to lose hockey games the past few weeks, one can only wonder what is going through the mind of Brian Burke. Burke has added Brad May for a 6th round pick this past week, not for scoring ability and not for the future but for some grit and leadership purposes. This should win the Leafs a few more games this season but a playoff run with the teams current play is out of the question, the Leafs lack finishers and even though they tend to work harder then previous Leaf teams the end result is the same. Burke seems to be weighting his options and we may be looking at a totally different team come April. Tomas Kaberle has admitted to media that he would be willing to listen to offers that are presented to the team. Kaberle is an offensive defensemen and would be a welcome addition to many teams. We now will take a look at the three players who should return the most to the team and some of their potential destinations and what trade would make some sense.

Tomas Kaberle: Possible destinations- L.A., New Jersey, Montreal, Vancouver, Pittsburgh

Leafs should consider:

Kaberle to Pittsburgh for C-Jordan Staal and 3rd Round pick.
Kaberle to Vancouver for C- Ryan Kesler and 1st Round pick.

Nik Antropov: Possible destinations- L.A., Columbus, Chicago, Colorado, Nashville

Leafs should consider:

Antropov to L.A for D- Colton Teubert and 6th Round pick.
Antropov to Columbus for 1st Round pick

Pavel Kubina: Possible destinations- L.A, New Jersey, Montreal, Vancouver, Pittsburgh

Leafs should consider:

Kubina to New Jersey for RW- Matt Halischuk and 3rd Round pick.
Kubina to Montreal for RW- Matt D'Agostini and 3rd Round pick.

Brian Burke could look at also moving Jason Blake if he continues to play with his current form, Dominic Moore should get some calls as well as Alexei Ponikarovsky and Lee Stempniak.

These are interesting times in Leafland and the future could look bright with the right moves, there is a possible Top 5 pick in the 2009 draft, the team currently is under the Cap by about $8 million dollars and could be right at the league Cap minimum heading into the offseason and if the cap remains as is and the Leafs walk into July 1st with $16 million in Cap space, with forwards like Hossa, Cammalleri, Gionta and the Sedin twins all looking to be UFAs, but this conversation will remain for another blog until then Leaf fans lets sit back and enjoy what could be and who can you see the Leafs obtain for players on their current roster?
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January 11, 2009 1:25 PM ET | Delete
Kaberle for Staal and a 3rd? Not a chance... Kaberle will end up in Montreal if anywhere... Columbus wont give up their first either unless they are a show in for the playoffs... 1st rounders are going to be hard to come by with a deep draft coming up.. unless your giving up alot.. and Antropov is not alot
January 11, 2009 1:37 PM ET | Delete
nice dreaming, I'd be happy with Staal, Teubert, and Halischuk too... but I don't think we are going to get that lucky.I wish too though. thanks for writting about the leafs, I like to read all leafs articles on the web and enjoy it when ppl like yourself take the time to write.
January 11, 2009 3:12 PM ET | Delete
Here is what i would love to see happen to nashville ponikarovsky and antropovto toronto legwand, koistinen, 3rd rounder what do you think we need the help on offense and this would give you a 2nd line center and a really good young dman and a draft pick
January 11, 2009 4:40 PM ET | Delete
Antropov for a 1st rounder from anywhere? Never.
January 11, 2009 5:35 PM ET | Delete
Easy there wings fan. Not every team is as deep as ur Detroit Redwings. Antropov could easily get a first from a team that needs a strong 2nd line Centre or RW. Get over ur obsession for 1st rounders. Its an 18 year old kid who might not even make the NHL vs. Antropov an established forward in the NHL who's proved he can produce at the 50 point mark with or without Sundin.
January 11, 2009 6:15 PM ET | Delete
Adding Brad May will not win you a few more games. A good move picking him up but he's not going to steal some games. And, how about a third rounder and a fifth rounder (different drafts) for Kubina.
January 11, 2009 6:29 PM ET | Delete
The Habs are going to need to give up a 1st and or a 2nd if they're going to get a Striet type QB without unloading any of their players. Thats one thing they just need to accept. I dont think Kubina goes for anything less than a 1st or a 2nd and a prospect. I'm sure many would disagree though.
January 11, 2009 6:47 PM ET | Delete
Unless you are dealing with a team picking in the top 15, I don't think that first round picks are as untouchable as some would have it. Do you really think that Montreal, Vancouver or another team positioned for 20th overall or lower would hesitate to pick up an established front end player for that kind of pick? and my understanding of Columbus is that they are in a similar situation to Atlanta a few years ago when they dealt for Zhitnik and Tkachuk... hopefully with more intelligence behind the moves than was exhibited by Atlanta...
January 11, 2009 9:45 PM ET | Delete
Kubina is a top 2 defensemen on at least 60% of NHL teams right now a 3rd and a 5th thats a joke, would rather just keep him if that were the offers out there. As for Staal its quite possible he was signed to make him more attractive in a trade and when Kaberle is Top 2 available defensemen out there with JayBo let the bidding wars commence.
January 12, 2009 4:17 PM ET | Delete
Shoe ins to playoffs generally don't make the same splash that teams on the cusp of falling out do. They don't want to ruin chemistry (Boston, San Jose) and they are normally tight against the cap (Detroit, Chicago). THe teams with cap space (Vancouver, Colorado) or need the extra boost to get in (Columbus, Edmonton) will be the biggest buyers. What Columbus needs offensive dman and a better centre are 2 things the leafs have in kubina and antropov. THe leafs could proably get a 1st and a 4th for these 2 and maybe a mid level prospect. Columbus may just be interested in Kubina and trade for one of the centres on the Islanders. Doug Weight is proven in the playoffs. Those are my thoughs. Vancouver will not give up a first and solid young player for Kaberle, that's just not how Gillis thinks. You may see Kaberle going to Montreal or NJ Devils. I hope Moore doesn't get traded. Mayers could be traded for a 5th.
January 13, 2009 8:37 AM ET | Delete
I wouldn't give Kaberle for Staal. Staal's horribly overrated, and overpaid. To hell with him.
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