Toronto Maple Leafs Interested In Canuck Veterans?

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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.

Topics: NHL Trade Speculation, Toronto Maple Leafs

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  • Justin Lynch

    I can’t believe you’re even having the discussion of trading Kadri, Gardner and/or Rielly for a guy like Kesler.

    With how the leafs have played of late and Kadri never actually playing a full season there is so much upside for those three players already in the starting lineup over the next five years.

  • Scottie Smalls

    Kesler i can’t see that working out, Leafs will get Bolland back on the dotted line (signed), idea of Bieksa signing is intriguing, wonder what they would want for him

  • D.WAdair

    crazy as a bag of hammers, Kesler got to many miles on him to trade for a young player, he is a old 30 Sound like another one of Jeff brain waves.

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