The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a position that they haven't been in for quite some time. They are the first-place team in the Northeastern Division and third in the Eastern Conference. While it might not be that way for long, the Leafs can take comfort that they have gotten off to a good start.
One of the pluses to being in the position they are in is that Brian Burke doesn't have to make a trade in panic. He can, however, take advantage of other team's misfortunes and use them to advance his team.
The Leafs have an abundance of defensemen, and many other teams are looking for exactly that. One of the Leafs defensemen that might be available is Cody Franson, as brought up by ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.
Brought over in the offseason, Franson hasn't exactly lit the Leafs on fire in his time with the Leafs. Now, it's only eight games into the season and Franson has played only three, but he is a player who could fetch a pretty good return by himself.
Keep in mind that I'm just listing the principle return for the Leafs. There could be draft picks or prospects heading either way as well. That being said, here are some possible players that could be acquired in a deal for Cody Franson.