The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks will face off tonight in Toronto in the last game before the Olympic Break for each team. However, Toronto General Manager Dave Nonis could continue to talk to Mike Gillis, GM of the Canucks, a position Nonis once held.
Mike Augello of HockeyBuzz.com suggests that if the Canucks go into somewhat of a selling mode, the Leafs could be in on talks concerning two Vancouver veterans.
The first is Ryan Kesler. He would definitely answer all of Leafs Nation’s prayers for a big center. However, it would take a lot to acquire him and you would be sure that Nazem Kadri would have to be part of that deal. One on Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly would have to go the other way as well. Augello also notes that Kesler would be a good acquisition especially if Dave Bolland leaves in free agency.
The second player that Augello mentions is that of defenseman Kevin Bieksa. He writes that the Leafs need a “a right hand shot defenseman who could play on their top two pairings”. A lot of people, including myself, would agree with that. Bieksa would definitely fit into that equation. Bieksa would solve a lot of problems on the Leafs defense. Thankfully, the Leafs don’t have to go up against him tonight as he is currently injured.
The Toronto Maple Leafs could be busy in the trade market once the NHL resumes business in two weeks. Be sure to keep an ear out for anything that involves the Leafs and Canucks.