Toronto Maple Leafs: 7 Current Leafs Who Should Be on the Trade Block
The Toronto Maple Leafs have only made two moves so far this offseason that will impact the main roster. The draft-day trade to acquire James van Riemsdyk and the signing of Jay McClement have brought the Leafs at least another top- and bottom-six forward.
The problem is that the Leafs still have not addressed their biggest need in goaltending. A true No. 1 center would be nice as well.
With the free-agent market dying down after not being too good to begin with, the only way to improve the team is via trade.
There has been plenty of speculation as to who the Maple Leafs might acquire. Roberto Luongo, Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf—almost every big-name player on the market has found his name attached to the Leafs in some way.
The question is what the Leafs would be giving up in a deal. Who among the Leafs is valuable enough to trade but expendable in Toronto's eyes?
Seven players fit the mold from my perspective. Here they are.
Tyler Bozak has been a good sport for the Maple Leafs during his stay with the organization. Never meant to be the first-line center, he has filled the role as best as he could have.
With the Leafs set to give James van Riemsdyk a shot at the first-line center spot, Bozak could be without a spot in the lineup.
If the Leafs decide to trade him, he would be a valuable secondary piece for any NHL team.
Tim Connolly can only be described as a failure of a free-agent signing.
Signed last year to play between Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel, injuries got in his way, and he ended the season by playing the wing on the third line.
If the Leafs can find someone who will take the one year remaining on his contract with his salary, I'm sure the Leafs would be happy to get rid of it.
To say that Matthew Lombardi has worked out as a member of the Maple Leafs would be a little unfair.
Lombardi worked hard to make it back into the Leafs lineup for opening day and ended up scoring the Leafs' first goal of the season.
If there was a proper spot in the Leafs lineup for him, he could be a great player for them. Unfortunately, there is not, and he could be on his way out.
If James van Riemsdyk does not work out as a center, he will fall back to the second-line left wing position.
Last season, that spot was occupied by Clarke MacArthur.
As one of the few Leafs that might actually get the Leafs something of value in return, he would most likely be put in a package deal that would net the Leafs something big.
The very first first-rounder of the Brian Burke era in Toronto, Nazem Kadri hasn't set the world on fire during his time with the Maple Leafs.
After nearly making the team after his first training camp, Kadri has struggled to make the roster full-time.
With no roster spot looking available for him again this season, maybe it's time for the Leafs to cut their losses.
Picked up in the same deal that brought the Leafs Matthew Lombardi, Cody Franson spent his first season with his favorite team during his childhood.
After being a healthy scratch for the majority of the first half of the season, he got his chance in the lineup because of injuries.
Franson has the potential to become a very good defenseman in the NHL. However, it might not be with the Leafs. If the price is right, the restricted free agent could be moved.
Last season, Mike Komisarek took a small step away from fans' hatred for him.
He played much better than he ever had before in a Leafs uniform, and for the first time, there wasn't a daily "get rid of Komisarek" rumor in Toronto.
However, he still has that horrible contract that would be better off on some other team.