A Few New Suggestions For Maple Leafs on Way to The Cup

Graeme BoyceCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2010

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 16:  Vinny Lecavalier #4 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates after his first period goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the St. Pete Times Forum on January 16, 2007 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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I can't recall The Leafs and The Kings swapping players in recent years to great effect, but the possibility exists (and has grown stronger over the weekend) that Kaberle will head to the west coast for Captain Brown.  The Leafs have been known to trade a captain or two over the years. 

A decade ago, at the NHL Entry Draft in 2001, Tim Connolly and Taylor Pyatt were traded by the Islanders to the Buffalo Sabres for captain Michael Peca.  The Isles are in the hunt for Kovy these days, but speaking of Kaberle they might consider giving up Josh Bailey to Toronto to strengthen their own blue line.  Raffi Torres will look good in a Leafs uniform, speaking of the Sabres.

Back to LA.  Trading Brown helps management offer Doughty the C, and on a wider level, perhaps this deal heats up with players like Grabovski thrown in for a bigger and better package, though not involving Frolov.

(Maxim Afinogenov is another player I don't want to see donning the Blue and White when the puck drops.)  I'd trade Giggy and a youngster to Philly for Carter, however, and be tempted to include a few other names to make it a classic Burke-type blockbuster.  Then Burke should simply bring in Marty Turco to backstop The Monster this next season.

Assuming Kulemin stays, and let's say Versteeg makes it to the top line out of the gate and Kulemin ends up on The Leafs' 2nd line, I'm not sure who'd centre Kessel though Bozak seems most likely at the moment.  Keeping in mind Dion Phaneuf was "untouchable" before he landed in Toronto, and shopping wounded Vesa Toskala and Jason Blake's untradeable contract together, which was a brilliant move, let's have a look at some LW options post July 4th.

Among the young tough guys out there Ashton Bernard is worthy of being labelled a Burke-type player at 6-4, 197 pounds, but the team has stocked up on youth.  On other side of the option table there are a few powerful and expensive veterans to provide some leadership on and off the ice, including Vincent Lacavalier, who I've touted (loudly) previously yet as we know plays on the opposite wing.

I can't recall The Leafs doing a deal with Minnesota (the Wild, that is) either, so perhaps Burke is looking at guys like Matt Kassian, who's now been re-signed after leading their farm team in penalty minutes.  So, maybe a little too much brawn for our Toronto media, but surely in Burke World better than, say, Derek Boogaard, Ray Whitney or Simon Gagne.

Speaking of the west, Dustin Penner might not fit well in Toronto.  After all, we've had a similar experience in a big man with soft hands lately... think Antropov.  But how about Alexandre Giroux?  He's just signed for 2 years.  Or, how about Alexander Semin?  Apparently, he's one of the best shots in the NHL.   Even with Ovie on the team, Washington didn't tear it up in the playoffs.

Yet, Bobby Ryan to Toronto for Kabs and Grabovski and/or John Mitchell is the real deal that needs to get done.  Time to open up the wallet, Burke.