According to a report in the Wednesday edition of the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Leafs may have an interest in Rangers over-priced Defenseman Wade Redden and also Boston forward Peter Schaefer. The report mentions that the the Leafs have the cap room necessary to accomodate both players and also that the interest in Redden might mean they are close to dealing Tomas Kaberle and/or Pavel Kubina.
Interesting. I thought that Burke was brought to Toronto to revive the downtrodden franchise; not to push it even further into the dark ages by making a move like that. Redden has 5 years and a cap-killing Average Annual Salary (AAS) of $6.5 million. What motivation does Burke have for making this move? He's already made clear that he would love to move up to select John Tavares in the draft this year and all indications are that it would require Luke Schenn or possibly Kaberle along with the #7 pick to move up with Tampa to the #2 spot. That is, however, assuming that the Islanders don't take Tavares #1 overall which I think they will. So is Burke ready to include one of his prized defenders in a deal to move up to select Tavares? Is that why he is interested in acquiring Redden; to offset the potential loss of one of his top defensemen? Or is it all just some complicated smoke screen designed to keep Burke's real agenda a secret?
Would Toronto really be willing to do a favor of that magnitude for the Rangers? I know that Burke and Sather are supposed to be friends but really? Would Kaberle or Kubina be a piece coming back to New York to off-set some of the salary? I'd love to dump Redden and his albatross contract and wouldn't mind taking on Kaberle in exchange. The Leafs can keep Kubina as far as I'm concerned. What an upgrade Kaberle would represent while clearing a killer cap hit from our ledger.
I get the sense that this is too good to be true; that someone out there is messing with us Rangers fans and getting our hopes up only to have them dashed when this move isn't made. Still, knowing that this will likely not come to fruition isn't stopping me from imagining what we could do in the UFA market to improve our roster for a cup run next year. How would Marian Hossa look skating next to Gomez? Maybe Gaborik can stay healthy and put up the numbers we all know he is capable of. Could Glen Sather orchestrate a deal with Ottawa for Dany Heatley if Redden were already moved to Torornto. Ah, the possibilities excite.