Toronto Maple Leafs Rumor Mill: Bursting the Fans' Bubble
The insanity that has infected the blogs and various rumor mills regarding speculated Leaf roster moves has reached epidemic levels. The inmates are loose and conjecture is their weapon of choice.
The following slide show is a sobering wake up call to members of my beloved Leaf Nation.
Tomas Kaberle is a not as valuable as you think and Mikhail Grabovski is not a mere "throw in."
Furthermore, some of the players appearing on each slide have as much of a chance of becoming a Maple Leaf this season as Sidney Crosby.
Whereas the others, well, don't get your hopes up.
If desire was a tradeable asset then this kid would have been a Leaf last March.
Often rumored in any trade package we'd get in return for Tomas Kaberle (along with a first round pick of course), poor Cody might get the feeling he's unwanted in Van City.
Yes, I too have read about apparent discontent between Hodgson and Vancouver management but make no mistake, Hodgson is a big part of the Canucks' future.
We have a better shot at Ryan Kesler but it will take more than Kaberle.
Chances Cody Hodgson becomes a Leaf?
I've often waxed poetic about how great it would be if Wayne Simmonds (that's him in the middle) was a Maple Leaf. Not because I think its possible, but rather because I'm in love with this chocolate dreamboat's game.
Maybe its the fact that we're both from Toronto or perhaps because we're both Virgos, but Wayner is the apple of this Leaf fanatic's eye.
Then the alarm goes off and its my wife I'm spooning, not the Dark Knight of the Ice.
Alas, a trade may be done with L.A. as they could use a puck mover like Kaberle but it would take a Kings (sic) ransom to get Simmonds.
Colton Teubert, Jarett Stoll, and a second rounder? Sounds more reasonable.
Chances of Wayne Simmonds becoming a Leaf this year?
Get over it, Leaf Nation. Not going to happen.
The dream of a Schenn and Schenn dynamic duo is only a possibility on a far in the future All-Star team.
Chances of Brayden Schenn becoming a Leaf this year?
Really? The Devils already have a tough time scoring goals and you think they'll ship us their No. 1 pivot for a guy with an expiring contract?
What if they sign Ilya Kovalchuk? Who plays centre if they trade Zajac?
You have to think about these things from the opposing GM's perspective. If we could have flipped Kabs for Zajac it would have been done on draft night.
Chances of Travis Zajac becoming a Leaf this year?
The rumor that just won't die. However, this one might actually have some legs but only because of the contractual issues between Bobby Ryan and the Ducks.
Nonetheless, you can bet Bob Murray will do whatever it takes to keep this budding superstar in the fold. 23-year-old power forwards with 71 goals already under the belt don't get flipped for the Tomas Kaberles of the world.
If this deal happens it's only after a lengthy standoff and Murray is convinced Ryan is done in Anaheim.
Even still, it will cost a lot more than Kaberle. Can Leaf Nation stomach a Kaberle/Luke Schenn package? We may have to if Bobby Ryan is the prize.
Chances of Bobby Ryan becoming a Leaf this year?
This is a similar scenario as the Travis Zajac slide. Why would Buffalo trade its No. 1 centre for a 32-year-old with an expiring contract?
Do the Sabres really want to go into the 2010-11 season with Tyler Ennis and Paul Gaustad as their top two pivots?
A more realistic option would be Jason Pominville, who could man the right side on our second line.
Chances of Derek Roy becoming a Leaf this year?
This is another rumor du jour among the Leaf bloggers, but this time there could be some legitimate authenticity to it.
Marc Savard has not asked for a trade but he sees the writing on the wahl...sorry, wall.
With David Krejci (24), Patrice Bergeron (24), Joe Colborne (20), and the recently drafted Tyler Seguin (18), the Bruins have a glut of top-two quality pivots.
I've heard rumblings of a position switch for Colborne and/or Seguin but that's just speculation at this point.
Regardless, Savard is the odd man out. As such he's agreed to waive his no-trade clause only if he's moved to Ottawa or Toronto.
Because of his contract he won't cost much, but does Brian Burke want to be saddled with the cost of paying for an oft-injured (if sublimely talented) 32-year-old center for seven more seasons?
I doubt it.
Chances of Marc Savard becoming a Leaf this year?
With the Flyers signing Nik Zherdev to reported four year deal at $4 million per year, Philly needs to clear cap space.
Thanks for the good times, Simon Gagne. But it's time for you to go.
This is a relatively new rumor and hasn't had enough time to devolve into a Kabs for Gagne, van Riemsdyk, and a pick.
That's just how we roll in Leaf Nation. Hysteria rules the day.
As it stands, Paul Holmgren (Philly GM) has been not so quietly shopping the career Flyer to see what the market is saying.
It's saying get bent.
Also, keep in mind that Gagne has a NTC in his contract and has not waived it. This has led to rumors that he may be put on waivers, which would give Toronto a great shot at landing him.
There are a lot of "ifs" that need to play out but this might actually happen. However, with just shy of $2 million in cap space, Burke will need to make room.
Jeff Finger, I introduce you to Dallas Eakins: head coach of the AHL's Toronto Marlies.
Chances of Simon Gagne becoming a Leaf this year?