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.