Toronto Maple Leafs to Acquire Second Overall Pick in NHL Draft

Mike BurseCorrespondent IMay 12, 2009

OSHAWA, ON - JANUARY 14:  John Tavares #91 of Team Orr skates in the 2009 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game against Team Cherry on Wednesday January 14, 2009 at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario. Team Orr defeated Team Cherry 6-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Breaking news from Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night In Canada, as heard on the Fan 590 here in Hamilton.

It is rumoured that the Tampa Bay Lightning will trade the second overall pick, Ryan Malone, and a player to be named in return for the Toronto Maple Leafs' seventh overall pick and two players (possibly Pavel Kubina and Jiri Tulsty).

Having John Tavares here in Toronto might not be such a long shot after all. In light of Tampa Bay's known money problems, with Malone being paid between $7 and 8 million this coming season, this trade makes financial sense for the Lightning.

Tavares would give the Leafs that young gun they need to build around—and I might say that he would look good skating alongside Jason Blake.

More details to follow as this story develops.