The Maple Leafs and Senators are ready and willing to deal leading up to the trade deadline. Read on for the latest.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby reports Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is interested in adding depth to his team in hopes of not just improving their chances of making the playoffs, but also to avoid getting their butts kicked in the opening round. He hinted at adding a big center or winger with playoff experience, and the move could come soon, as he usually eschews the trade deadline. Burke suggested such a move could cost one or two young assets currently in the system, or even their first or second round pick this year.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli reports the Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers could be trade partners, as Flyers director of player development Don Luce has been spotted at several recent Leafs games. The Flyers are in need of blueline depth, leading Seravalli to speculate over the availability of Leafs blueliners Luke Schenn or Cody Franson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Flyers want Schenn or Franson, they’ll have to give up a big forward with playoff experience to land them. Cue the “Scott Hartnell to Toronto” speculation, but I don’t believe the Flyers would part with Hartnell, who’s played very well for them this season.
OTTAWA SUN/ESPN.COM: reports Senators GM Bryan Murray could be a buyer leading up to this year’s trade deadline, perhaps to add more scoring depth, as Murray likes his current blueline. The Sun listed Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky, Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu, Nashville’s Jordin Tootoo, Calgary’s Olli Jokinen and Frans Nielsen of the Islanders as five available forwards who might be of interest to the Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree Hemsky, Ruutu and perhaps Nielsen are available. Forget about Tootoo or Jokinen, for as long as their respective teams are in the playoff hunt, they won’t be moved.