As most hockey fans know, and Leafs Nation is all too sick of hearing, the Toronto Maple Leafs are on pace to give the Boston Bruins another lottery pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft.
The Leafs are 12th place in the Eastern Conference, and 26th in the league. They rank 23rd in goals for, 20th in goals against, and 26th on the penalty kill. They have only 18 wins in 43 games.
Yet, for reasons we mere mortals can't seem to understand, Brian Burke has said that the Leafs will be buyers as we approach the trade deadline.
Burke recently said to Toronto AM 640, “As we get closer to the deadline we’re gonna try to add. If we get a pick as part of a bigger deal that’s fine, but we’re not looking to dump here, we’re looking to add.”
This goes against all conventional wisdom in the National Hockey League, which says that if you have little or no hope of making the playoffs, you should try to get something in exchange for the players who will become unrestricted free agents after the season.
Then again, conventional wisdom and the Leafs rarely go hand-in-hand. On that note, let's take a look at the top five players that the Toronto Maple Leafs should sell to the highest bidder in the hopes that the perennial rebuild will end sometime in the next few years.