Amidst the rebuilding reports in Toronto, a new one has surfaced about a deal the Leafs tried desperately to make with the Anaheim Ducks. The Leafs reportedly offered a conditional first-round pick and two prospects—and in return asked for 21-year-old Bobby Ryan and veteran Mathieu Schneider.
Ryan was selected second overall in the 2005 NHL entry draft, right behind superstar Sidney Crosby. Ryan is NHL-ready, and is likely going to be a top-nine forward on the Ducks this season.
Schneider was apart of the deal to clear up cap space for the Ducks, so they could sign Teemu Selanne. Schneider was traded to Atlanta earlier this week, and it is believed that if Toronto had acquired him, they would have tried to trade him for a draft pick.
The conditional draft pick the Leafs had on the table ensured that if Toronto was in a position to draft in the top six positions in 2009, the pick the Ducks would receive would change to 2010. It is unknown who the two prospects were.
Although the Leafs may still be pushing to acquire Bobby Ryan, should a rebuilding team trade a first-round pick that is projected to be high for a former second-overall pick who took three years to be ready for the NHL?