Should the Maple Leafs make a pitch for the first overall pick in this year’s draft? Is this Anders Lindback’s final season in Nashville?
NATIONAL POST: Bruce Arthur recently suggested Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke should contact the Edmonton Oilers and make a pitch for their first round pick (first overall) in this year’s entry draft, using it to select Sarnia Sting RW Nail Yakupov. Arthur believes Burke has a better chance of landing that pick, unlike his efforts to acquire the first overall pick in 2009, because he might have the assets this time to pull it off. “The Leafs, who had more defencemen than they knew what to do with this season, could offer Cody Franson or Luke Schenn, as well as a second-round pick, a minor-league prospect (Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne, Carter Ashton) or both”, writes Arthur.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Now, before some of you go off about a Toronto-based writer overvaluing the Maple Leafs assets, understand Arthur is merely making a suggestion. He’s not a rumormonger, and what he’s suggesting isn’t ridiculous. That’s not to say the Leafs will pull this off, or could out-bid other teams, or that Burke is even interested in trying to land that pick. Still, if Burke were to offer up Schenn, Colborne and a second round pick, the Oilers could listen. It’s believed Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini will be more open to trade offers for this pick than he was for his last two first round picks, which were also first overall.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance recently mused over the future of Nashville Predators backup Anders Lindback, suggesting the restricted free agent, who has no chance of becoming a full time starter with the Predators, could be on the move this summer, perhaps via offer sheet, but most likely via trade. Tampa Bay, Columbus and Toronto could be three potential destinations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Barring a career-ending injury to Rinne during the playoffs, it’s possible this could be Lindback’s final season in Nashville. Predators management have to re-sign Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, or at least replace Suter if he bolts for free agency, plus they may be interested in re-signing right wing Alexander Radulov. There might not be enough money to re-sign Lindback. Even if they don’t move him this summer, it’s a good bet he could become trade bait at some point next season.