I've been asking myself who would be the best player to be captain and lead the Leafs moving forward, and I have come to the conclusion Scott Hartnell is the man. He is perfect, a gritty full of heart player who can pot you a few points and put slackers in their place. In addition he is under contract for 4 more years after the 08-09 season. The only problem.............he plays for Philly.
This problem could be easily solved by convincing Tomas Kaberle to waive his NTC which will be nullified this coming off-season. The deal would look like this;
To Philly: Kaberle, Tlusty and a 3rd round pick
To Toronto: Hartnell, James van Riemsdyk, 1st round pick
This deal would greatly service both teams and the cap hit is very close especially if Tlusty is in the AHL. Both teams get exactly what they need, Toronto a big strong leader, a potential first line player and higher draft pick. Philly would get a dynamic puck moving D-man, a solid second line prospect and a lower round pick.
What do you think? Would you do the deal, change it, or forget it all together?