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Any one of these players who be the perfect fit for the Leafs. The only thing is that it would be very, very difficult to pry them away from their respective clubs.
Jordan Staal is a supremely talented player in a terrible situation in Pittsburgh. He is a player who has the skill to be a top line center in the NHL, but just happens to be third on the depth chart behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
While there are those odd times where Malkin moves to the wing and Staal is bumped up to the second line, he never, or rarely ever, gets those prime powerplay and offensive opportunities given to the teams most talented players.
Jordan Staal was rumored to be heading to Leafs once before when Mats Sundin was still with the team. However there have been no new rumors that have surfaced since then.
Paul Stastny is another player who has been rumored to be going to the Leafs for sometime now. Unlike Staal, he is an established first line center who is capable of putting up 70-plus points per season.
While Stastny is slated to make $6.6 million for the next three years, he could be a good investment for the Leafs, especially with Colorado being in financial difficulty. Following this season, Colorado only has seven players signed. Two of those players being recently drafted Gabriel Landeskog on his entry level deal and the other being Stastny himself.
Other than those two, the only other players signed beyond this season are David Jones, Jan Hejda, Ryan O'Byrne, J.S. Giguere and Semyon Varlamov. This lack of players signed may be a sign of how cash strapped the organization is at this point and time.
There has never been any sourced material associating Paul Stastny with the Leafs. It has only been pure speculation which arose from Matt Duchene's emergence in Colorado and the teams financial stability.
While Joe Pavelski has not truly been associated with the Leafs, I feel that he is a player that should be mentioned as well. Pavelski is one of those players who showed up out of nowhere a few years ago and ever since has been getting increasingly better.
Pavelski is currently San Jose's second/third line center with Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture playing top minutes at the center position, but has the potential to be a first line center.
I don't know how likely trading Pavelski will be for San Jose, but with the Sharks only having 14 players signed beyond this season, and only around $8 million in cap space, they will need to clear up some space. And with Thornton and Marleau both having No Movement Clauses, Pavelski would seem like the obvious player to move for the right price, however this is purely my own speculation. I have never read any sourced material that pertains to his availability in San Jose.
These are some potential trades I could see taking place:
Jordan Staal for Mikhail Grabovski, Nazem Kadri and a fifth round pick
Paul Stastny and a second round pick for Mikhail Grabovski, Carl Gunnarsson and Clarke MacArthur
Joe Pavelski for Tyler Bozak, Jesse Blacker and a second round pick
Don't know how likely these trades would be, but any one of these players would significantly improve the Leafs for years to come.