Let me start off by saying that this is all speculation—based on team needs, salary cap restrictions, internal salary cap limits and rumours and murmurs of player movement from various corners of the hockey world—but I am not an insider, I do not have access to any personnel inside any of the teams involved and I don't know a guy, who knows a guy, whose wife's brother knows a GM or head scout for any of the teams, either. I'm just an avid hockey fan with a penchant for hockey, writing and stats—sometimes all three.
On that note, this is one of those articles that I will almost always choose not to write, because like many of you, I'm sure, I hate reading articles that get my hopes up for my team and the moves they could/should/would make only to see nothing happen and have those dreams of instant dynasties thwarted before they really even had a chance to plan a few parades through my brain.
But, like many of you—scratch that, most of you hockey/sport fans—I, too am prone to dreaming of the big trade that kicks my team over the top to greatness, and that's what this article is going to be about: how the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks can all make trades that benefit each other and get them back to where everyone thought they were going to be in the standings during the pre-season, or in the Leafs' case, make this new found success turn from being a possible playoff spot to a locked down one.
I'll break down each team's current roster and their strengths/weaknesses first and then get into the 3 trades that should/could happen to benefit the four teams. Then you guys can tell me how smart and/or stupid I am and how accurate or completely delusional this article and it's trades are.
As always I love talking hockey and wanna hear what you think, whether you agree or disagree with me, I'm always up for a good hockey debate. Feel free to comment, I will almost always respond.