Maple Leafs Trade Deadline 2016: Who’s Left?

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The week started off pretty busy. Actually the month started
off pretty great too. If you told me the deadline would see the Leafs dump
Phaneuf, Polak, Spaling, and Matthias, I would have been pretty impressed with
that.

Unfortunately the Leafs did all that stuff pretty early in
the game, and now that they have to deal with the fact that I still have
expectations for certain players to be departing by Monday. With Lou saying he
doesn’t like to wait until the last minute, most of my expectations are around
the next couple of days.

While sadly not everyone can be traded, there’s still hope
for a lot players departing, at the very least the unrestricted free agents.
Here’s a quick look at the players who are still here but ideally won’t be come
game time on Monday night.

P.A. Parenteau

Pretty much the moment the Leafs signed Parenteau to his
contract it was a given that this weekend would be his most important one as a
Leaf. P.A. has been anything but a disappointment to the Leafs putting up 16
goals and 16 assists and marketing himself as an easy fit for a playoff bound
second power play unit.

Parenteau is the kind of affordable depth scoring that is
nice to have going into multiple overtime games. Keep him buried in lineup
during regulation and then enjoy having a fresh set of legs for the extra
frames.

Most recently Bob
McKenzie connected Parenteau to the Islanders
, a team that P.A. is familiar
with. Most outlets are saying that a 3rd round pick is the likely
return for Parenteau, but with the Leafs willingness to take back contracts,
and the lack of scoring options available that can fit in with a cap crunched
team, it’s very likely that the Leafs get a second in the deal, especially if
they are willing to wait until the 2017 draft.

Brad Boyes

Boyes is the similar, but cheaper gamble to Parenteau. Boyes
was never given the top six or power play opportunities that Parenteau was, but
he’s made the most of his limited 5v5 ice time collecting 20 points in 47
games. Those numbers look a lot better in p/60 form, where Boyes sits at 1.88
and is the team best excluding recent callups Leivo and Leipsic.

At $700k this year, you can’t call up someone from the AHL
for less than Boyes and that’s got to make him an appealing option. Most rival
GMs aren’t going to care too much about Brad’s P/60, instead they’ll be
focusing on how he hasn’t been a trusted option for Babcock this season and
that’s likely going to drive the price down.

Like all Leafs, Boyes can see his price increase based on
what the Leafs are willing to take back, and if other rental forward options
like Parenteau, Purcell, etc. fall early, the Leafs might be able to take
advantage of a more competitive market for Boyes.

Michael Grabner

As far as expiring UFA rentals go, Grabner’s easily the
furthest down the list for being an easy trade option. On the plus side, Grabner
inherited that position because somehow Nick Spaling was moved. Now that we’re
late in the game and the Leafs still have the opportunity to retain some
salary, it’s entirely possible to stop looking at it as moving Grabner with a
$3M cap hit, it’s very likely that he’s moving with a $1.5M hit.

Grabner’s underwhelming year still acts as a pretty big
barrier in any move. Only putting up 11 points isn’t great and not having the
underlying numbers to justify it either might keep Grabner a Leaf. His saving
grace is probably the fact that he has been a victim of defensive zone starts,
and there’s bound to be a team that would love to add a speedy penalty kill
specialist.

If no one is looking to take a chance on Grabner, he’s a
perfectly acceptable option for helping run out the clock on this season.

James Reimer

Reimer has easily been the Leafs best goaltender this
season.
He’s easily been the Leafs best goaltender since the 2005 lockout.

James Reimer is an incredibly likeable person to go along
with the fact that he’s had some years in Toronto, but that doesn’t change the
fact that Reimer has struggled with injuries, has had some bad stretches, and
is looking for a longer contract than the Leafs should consider giving him.
Everything about James Reimer’s situation says it’s not going to be resolved
until July 1st and he’s had a chance to test the market.

In the meantime, there’s still a quarter of a season left,
and sixteen teams want to rest their number one down the stretch, or in the
case of Dallas, San Jose, or Nashville, acquire a number one goaltender.

Since the goaltender trade market isn’t particularly strong,
it’s really about taking what you can get for Reimer. It’s about remembering
that you may still have a chance to sign him this summer, and there are
benefits to losing more games, which there’s a higher probability of if he’s
not playing.

Mark Arcobello/T.J.
Brennan/Rich Clune

We’ll skip Raffi Torres on this list of other UFA rentals,
and look at Arcobello, Brennan, and Clune.

Clune really should be lumped in with Torres as a player who
simply won’t be moved. He’s a good personality and should help make the last
month and half more tolerable for the remaining Leafs. If he does get moved,
someone is looking for character and grit and is willing to pay a 7th
round pick to get it.

T.J. Brennan own the AHL, but can’t crack the lineup of one
of the worst teams in the NHL. It’s not the first time this has happened,
Alexandre Giroux has shown that being an AHL legend is a very real thing, but
if there are teams desperate for a PP QB or depth defenseman, Brennan could be
a target and a bring in a very small return for the Leafs.

Arcobello’s situation isn’t all that different from
Brennan’s, it’s just he’s managed to crack NHL lineups more frequently, and has
a bit more staying power. He’s not a bad utility option for a playoff team, but
he’s even further down on lists than Boyes and Grabner. In the 11th
hour, he’s quite possibility that disappointing final trade of the day that
gets announced an hour and half after the deadline has closed.

Previous Deadline Week Posts: 

Maple Leafs Trade Deadline 2016 Primer (Jon Steitzer)  

Maple Leafs Trade Deadline 2016 Inventory (Ryan Fancey)  

Maple Leafs Trade Deadline 2016: Top-5 Defencemen The Leafs Should Target (Ryan Fancey)

Maple Leafs Trade Deadline 2016: Former Mark Hunter Players Worth Trading For (Tom Hunter) 

Maple Leafs Trade Deadline 2016: Dream Trade Contest Voting (The Nation)

Maple Leafs Trade Deadline 2016: Justin’s Three Dream Trades (Justin Fisher)

Maple Leafs Trade Deadline 2016: Former Kyle Dubas Players Worth Trading For (Tom Hunter)

  • MatsSundin#13

    Given the return for Andrew Ladd, I don’t think that Lamoriello will be settling for a third round pick for Parenteau. If Spaling can fetch a second rounder, Parenteau must be worth that and more.

    • Spaling didn’t fetch a second rounder. Polak and Spaling got two second rounders together. Doesn’t mean they were each worth a second. Polak was worth 80% of those two seconds. I think the article was right in saying that Parenteau is worth a third but could fetch a second. Hopefully Lou knocks all our socks off again…

  • MatsSundin#13

    Does anyone else think it is comical (in a good way) that the Leafs have put an “A” on everybody who they want to traded? Grabner, Boyes, Polak, etc….

  • MatsSundin#13

    no not grabner. anyone but him. he’s so horrible. 0 points since january 6th playing with kadri on the top line…. he’s so awful. ice had a lifetime of memories watching him ruin a perfectly good offensive opportunity on the breakaway twice a game. I’ve never seen such ineptitude since clarkson offensively. I’d rather keep boyes. at least he can score and positively affect possession. offence goes to die on his stick. pass! take what you can get for him or package him in a deal and move on. a matthias type deal would be great even if we swallow half of his cap for the year. he’s a free agent after this year anyway.

    • Gary Empey

      Boyes turns the puck over constantly. He is slow on the backcheck. He misses more good chances to score than anyone on the power play. Grabner’s job on that line is to play a defensive role to free up the other two guys. The whole team lacks good scoring touch, not just Grabner

      Jay you constantly undervalue the role of defense in the NHL. We are not playing a run and gun style anymore. With Babcock we won’t be playing run and gun in the future either.

  • MatsSundin#13

    I really don’t like how some writers on this site have a tradition of insulting the Leafs. The opening comment in article, ‘want to trade every player’, is symptomatic of mental sickness.
    If you hate the Leafs that much, then don’t watch them.
    You sound more like a paid troll, than a Leafs fan.
    and take the other Leafs hating writers with you.