During last night’s beatdown of my Toronto Maple Leafs, I watched CBC’s Hot Stove segment during the second intermission and Elloitte Friedman stated it would take two prospects, a player (assuming a good one) and a first-round draft pick.
My Leafs are one of the few teams Nash would agree to be traded to, but should they make a trade when they have other glaring needs? The Leafs need a #1 goalie. James Reimer not only has been inconsistent but he’s lost his confidence. They also need a true #1 center. Tyler Bozak and Mikhail Grabovski are good players, but on any other team they would be centering the second line. The Leafs also need a top-pairing defenseman that can actually play defense and hit. Luke Schenn, like Reimer, does it infrequently and has also lost his confidence.
Rick Nash won’t stop the puck but he would be just the player to make Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul more dangerous than they already are. What would it take to get him? I’d propose Grabovski, Schenn, either Nazem Kadri or Joe Colborne, plus a first round pick. Grabbo is in a slump but he’s capable of nearly a point a game production. Schenn will turn out fine, but a change of scenery rather than seat time in the press box is what he needs right now. Kadri is not a bust, but with Nikolai Kulemin and Joffrey Lupul in front of him he’ll never get a chance to play on the top two lines in Toronto.
This is a steep price to pay, but how often do you get a chance to acquire a top player like Rick Nash?