Leafs Going To Be Busy Heading Into July 5th
On Sunday, the Toronto Maple Leafs made a huge splash, acquiring goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Matt Frattin, goalie Ben Scrivens and a 2nd round pick in either 2014 or 2015.
But they might not be done just yet.
Shortly after the news broke about the trade, Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) reported that the Leafs were also holding discussions with the Edmonton Oilers regarding Sam Gagner, a young centre who would fill a big need for Toronto down the middle.
Josh Rimer ?@JoshRimerHockey
Hearing Leafs have had discussions with Oilers about Sam Gagner. Leafs are looking for a young centre and he certainly fits the bill.
Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) reported shortly after that Dion Phaneuf, the Leafs’ current captain, was also in play and could be had at the right price.
Darren Dreger ?@DarrenDreger
Some rumblings Phaneuf may be in play. Nonis says he will trade just about anyone, but says no one has called on the captain…yet. #TSN
Sounds like a perfect match, doesn’t it? Edmonton’s still in the hunt for another top 2, defenseman to help push them into the playoffs next season while Toronto is trying desperately to fill a hole down the middle as it seems Tyler Bozak will be testing free agency.
Phaneuf, 28, is heading into the final year of his 6-year, $39 million contract next season whereas Gagner, 23, will be a restricted free-agent July 5th and is said to be seeking $4.5 million+ on his next contract, and rightfully so.
Standing at 6’3″ 218lbs, Phaneuf would also fill a big hole in Edmonton’s line-up as they are desperately trying to get bigger and stronger for next season and Gagner, at just 5’11″ 199lbs, is a small player who doesn’t quite fit their criteria heading into next season but has very good trade value.
To add onto the speculation, Oilers’ general manager Craig MacTavish was spotted speaking to Leafs’ senior vice-president and general manager, Dave Nonis, after the GM meetings on Wednesday.
Time will tell if the two sides come to an agreement on any deal. As it stands at the moment, all of this is just pure speculation.