NHL Trade Rumours: The Leafs, Oilers, Sharks and Kings

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NHL Trade Rumours: The Leafs, Oilers, Sharks and Kings
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Dean Millard from Team 1260 reported that the Los Angeles Kings are trying to acquire Jarome Iginla. It was said they were offering a package that included Brayden Schenn to entice the Flames to deal their franchise forward. Bob McKenzie tweeted that this trade rumour is probably not true.

I agree with Bob, there is no way on Earth the Kings offer Brayden Schenn as part of a trade package for Jarome Iginla. If that had happened, Darryl Sutter would have accepted immediately.

Furthermore, Iginla has a NMC and the management has already said they are not going to ask him to waive it. Although, they said that he may eventually be dealt just like Dion Phaneuf last year. However, there is no way Dean Lombardi offered Brayden Schenn.

Now we get to the main trade rumour.

Hockeybuzz reported that the Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks are discussing a trade that would definitely shake up both teams. The Leafs would send a prospect (don't know who) and Francois Beauchemin for Devin Setoguchi and a draft pick (a third-round pick according to two sources or a seventh-round pick according to one source).

Hockeybuzz states this is a perfect deal. Beauchemin has been very inconsistent in Toronto and has turned the puck over a lot. Many people may argue this is a sign in the decline of his production, others (such as Ron Wilson) felt this is because he is trying to do too much to justify his large contract when he should just continue doing what got him the contract.

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When Beauchemin was on Anaheim he was outstanding against the Sharks, so by getting him they not only get a solid defenceman that replaces Rob Blake on their blueline they are getting a player who if he went to another Western team would probably be a Shark killer.

Then there is Devin Setoguchi. As Hockeybuzz reminds us he has fallen way down on the depth chart because of the rise of Logan Couture. However, he has always produced when given ice time, which he would be given plenty of as he would be the second-to-most natural goal scorer on the team (Phil Kessel being first).

Furthermore, Hockeybuzz states this deal will not happen soon. This is a deal that is practically agreed upon by San Jose and Toronto. However, as Dion Phaneuf is out right now, the Leafs would lack a defenceman if they dealt away Beauchemin. As a result they will probably wait until their captain returns.

Expect both sides to deny this rumour as the trade can get modified. However, this is an excellent chance for the Leafs to add a forward and the Sharks to add a defenceman. This is a match made in heaven.

The only thing to worry about is that by acquiring Beauchemin they would be about $2 million over the salary cap. That means they either have to demote someone, or they have to send someone back as part of the deal. If they don't send someone back as part of the deal, the Leafs would have a lot of cap space to work with, and if they are adding pieces at the deadline this would be a huge help to the team.

Beauchemin also fits perfectly for the Sharks. I normally don't like rumours from Hockeybuzz, but this trade makes perfect sense and I think it may be legitimate. However, these are two general managers (Doug Wilson and Brian Burke) who are used to winning trades, so we'll see if the draft pick and prospect shifts the deal in someone's favour or not.

Also, if you like hockey humour go to my blog, lukeschennrules.blogpost.com.

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