Despite going through a rather successful road trip recently among various offensive outbursts this season, it is still quite gloomy and dark in the city of Toronto, with no apparent bright light ahead. The team has had yet another disappointing season to this point, sitting below .500 and being 10 points out of a playoff spot just after the midway mark of the NHL's season.
Now, with Brian Burke being his usual stubborn self (at least in front of open doors), he continues to reiterate that he still thinks this Maple Leaf team can qualify for the postseason. Can they still do it? Sure, technically every NHL team still has a shot at making the final 16. Is it likely? No. In fact at this point, it is very unlikely.
Despite being very positive with the media and in public, Burke has to know that this team is in shambles and in no position to even fight for a playoff spot. He does know this; it's too clear-cut and obvious not to notice the poor shape this team is still in. So, going into this year's trade deadline you can surely expect Burke to be one of the most active GMs on either side of the table, as a seller or buyer.
With that, let's take a look at five names on the Maple Leafs squad that could be part of selling or buying deals come February 28. Some of the players will be dealt only if the team enters a complete rebuild, while others could be part of a bigger package to land some coveted needs for the Leafs. So, here we go.