Should the Maple Leafs trade Phil Kessel this summer? Is Rick Nash finally willing to explain his trade request? Is there a market for Oilers forward Linus Omark?


Should the Leafs trade Kessel this summer?

TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox believes the Maple Leafs should shop Phil Kessel this summer, suggesting he’s not the right player around which to build, and it would be best to move his salary both for a solid return and to free up cap space to add depth elsewhere, pointing to the Flyers bold moves last summer of Jeff Carter and Mike Richards.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s an interesting hypothesis, one that more than a few Maple Leafs fans have suggested, but it remains to be seen if Burke feels the same, since moving Kessel would be akin to an admission he was wrong in dealing away two first round picks – one of them which turned into Tyler Seguin – to acquire him. I don’t discount Burke’s ability to surprise, but this wouldn’t just be surprising, it would be shocking.

EDMONTON SUN: Derek van Diest reports Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash is keeping mum on why he requested a trade.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: We won’t find out his reason until after he’s dealt, if that even takes place this summer. The Blue Jackets management has hinted they could retain Nash if they don’t find a suitable offer, but we shouldn’t discount Nash perhaps forcing the issue.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson recently reported ” a well-respected team management type” believes there is a trade market for Edmonton Oilers forward Linus Omark.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: We’ll likely find out this summer if that’s the case.