The end game for any NHL team that involves trading away assets is to bring some back in return, thus making their respective team better as a result.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are no different and have improved several aspects of their team by bringing in key role players to achieve the right balance. In doing so, they have inevitably surprised more than a few along the way rolling through the October and November months with winning records.
The rumor mill, however relentlessly inconsequential as it may seem at times, continues to buzz with Toronto players names usually in the mix.
Enter Cody Franson.
Rumors started spiraling after Darren Dreger tweeted about an alleged offer from an undisclosed team for the Leafs defenseman on Nov. 16, 2011. Apparently Brian Burke was offered a second-round pick and a player.
Dreger added, "Evidently, depth on D is highly valued in Toronto," which would suggest Brian Burke may value his D-man more than what he can get for him on the market.
What's more is that even after injuries began to plague this resilient Leafs team, they have still showed truly significant depth at all positions. Sure—there can always be improvements made, but when players start clicking and showing some real chemistry, it's probably in Burke's best interest to leave well enough alone.
The real conundrum then becomes, with all of this depth and expendable (yet attractive) talent, what does this Toronto team need and what then could they get for a player like Franson?
The Leafs can now enjoy the luxury of dealing from a position of power—no doubt foreign territory for them for most of Burke's tenure as general manager. With that in mind, let's look at six offers for Cody Franson that would potentially benefit both sides.