There’s no more than three games left in another long and grueling NHL season, and it all might end as soon as tomorrow night. With the off-season fast approaching, things are about to get real crazy real fast. There’s the NHL Awards, the buyout window, the draft, free agency…
And taking part during all of that will be lots of trade discussions between NHL GMs behind closed doors.
There are a lots of names that may or may not be available around the league.
Want a forward? Guys like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Rick Nash could be in play.
How about a defenseman? It sounds like Tyson Barrie, Jacob Trouba, Sami Vatanen, and Hampus Lindholm could all be had for the right price.
What about a goalie? With expansion presumably looming, the rules that go along with that could facilitate a very interesting goalie trade market, with lots of names available but few teams in need. Marc-Andre Fleury, Ben Bishop, Steve Mason, Brian Elliott, Ryan Miller, Jimmy Howard, Kari Lehtonen, Frederik Andersen, Andrei Vasilevski, and Malcolm Subban are among the long list of names that might be available.
And let’s not forget what the Leafs have and what other teams might like, and conversely, what the Leafs might like to move. Tyler Bozak, Peter Holland, a plethora of draft picks…
Or if you want to get really wild (and unrealistic), how about the first overall pick? How about James Van Riemsdyk? Could Jake Gardiner be on the move?
Let’s talk about the trade market. Today’s question is: what blockbuster trade(s) would you like to see the Leafs make?
Let your imagination run wild folks. The winner is whoever comes up with the answer that best incorporates absurdity, creativity, and a little sprinkle of exaggerated plausibility.