Much has been made of the two new trade offers the Toronto Maple Leafs received this week, which Leafs general manager Brian Burke described as "solid hits."
Many people have been speculating as to who is involved in this offers; is it Tomas Kaberle? Francois Beauchemin? Mikhail Grabovksi? Another questions is which team; Boston? New Jersey?
Most fans and media members have come to their own little conclusions, saying that Blake Wheeler and/or Jamie Langenbrunner and/or Brian Rolston are all likely being offered to the Leafs. One name that has yet to really surface, however, is Boston Bruins centre David Krejci.
Krejci, who has been centering the Bruins' top line during the absence of Marc Savard, would come with a salary cap hit of $3.75 million. Boston has little to no cap space remaining, something that they need in order for them to take Savard and Marco Sturm off the injured reserve.
A deal sending Krejci out-of-town would likely free up cap space for the Bruins, albeit not enough to bring back both Savard and Sturm.
With the Maple Leafs still in search of a top-six forward, centre or wing, and having just received two "solid hits," it seems likely that Toronto would be the most likely destination for the 24-year-old.
Krejci isn't necessarily a top line centre yet, but he is a very skilled player who is worthy of playing on a team's top-two lines.
The native of Sternberk, Czech Republic has scored just one goal in six games this season but has assisted on six other goals and has a plus/minus rating of plus-three. If acquired by Toronto, Krejci would likely play along side Phil Kessel and Kris Versteeg or Nikolai Kulemin, although he could fit in well on a line with Clarke MacArthur.
My take: Krejci would be a much better option for the Maple Leafs based on present and past performance. If the Bruins are willing to do without his impressive numbers and feel confident enough in Tyler Seguin and Marc Savard, he would also be the right player for Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli to trade.
If acquired by Toronto, Krejci might also be able to get struggling winger Kris Versteeg going again.
Wheeler, a $2.2 million cap hit, is also affordable for the Maple Leafs, but some would argue that he has yet to prove himself as a solid top-six forward. The 24-year-old has recorded just two points, both of which are assists, in six games this season.
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