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Report: Leafs looking to trade up from eighth pick

Jun 4, 2014, 9:06 AM EDT

Dave Nonis AP

With their heartbreaking finish to the 2013-14 campaign still fresh in their fans’ minds, the Toronto Maple Leafs might make a big move before the NHL Entry Draft.

They currently control the eighth overall pick, but took time during the NHL combine to interview a projected top-three pick in a move that was “more than due diligence,” according to a Toronto Sun source.

The same source believes that the Maple Leafs are interested in moving up in the draft and while that doesn’t necessarily mean anything will happen, it’s not a far-fetched notion.

Keep in mind that both New York Islanders GM Garth Snow and Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon have confirmed that they are willing to trade down from the fifth and first overall picks respectively.

“I definitely will [be shopping the pick], especially this year,” Tallon said in May. “We had a couple of nibbles the day after we won [the lottery]. There were a couple guys calling to bust my chops, asking ‘what are you going to do?’ And that’s fine. It’s a good thing.”

Online bookmaker Bovada also recently gave 2/1 odds that the Panthers would trade their pick. They also gave 3/1 odds that Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri would be dealt. Kadri is rumored to be a player that might head to the Panthers as part of a trade for the top selection.

  1. jb8588 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    For the #1 overall pick, if the #8 pick and Kadri are coming back to the Panthers I think FLA should do this. Kadri can definitely be an elite talent and I think would suit much better in a low-key environment like in South FLA. Having Huberdeau, Barkov, Bujugstad & Kadri up front would be a solid foundation and a great place for FLA to start building.

    • hockey412 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      The article referenced said Kadri, Phaneuf, and the 8th pick. What do you think now? It gets much more complex that way.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      I think you are crazy to take Kadri and the #8 to pass on Ekblad.

      Kadri is overrated and wouldn’t be a major improvement over what FL has going at center to give up the #1 pick!!!!!!!!!

      If FL adds Kadri and Phaneuf, makes much more sense but I still wouldn’t want Kadri if I am FL.

      I would want Kessel or keep the pick and take Ekblad. Fair trade or not, its dumb to move pieces that make your team marginally better like what Kadri and an aging Phaneuf bring to a young FL team.

      I don’t think Toronto has what it takes to make this deal work… that being right skaters or balls to pull it off

  2. canadiansportsfan77 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Throw Gardiner and Bailey in the conversation and maybe the Isles and Leafs have something to start with

  3. pjblake2redwings - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Kadri, Phaneuf, and the 8th pick for FLA #1?

    I dont think Shanny is that stupid to do this

  4. sens101 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    I think phaneuf would be a salary dump lol. I could see gudbranson coming back they other way.

    • bcisleman - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Doubt FLA is THAT stupid.

    • hockey412 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Article said Jovanovski

  5. Fertility Doctor - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    I’m willing to bet that Aaron Ekblad turns out to be a bust. I’ve watched him, of course you never know but I would not waste my #1 pick on this guy. But the Florida Panthers probably will, i’m sure. Their drafting is even worse than the Rangers..

    • buckhome - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      Picking on the Rangers drafting is old news and no longer accurate.

      First of all they’ve had exactly 2 top 10 picks in the past 10 years, and 2 years without a #1 (actually 1 but added another because 2007 #1 died a few months after the draft). And while Al Montoya at #6 was not too good, they did find Dubinsky and Callahan in later rounds of that draft. Not sure the other (McIlrath at #10 in 2010) will pan out but we’ll see.

      Staal (2005), DelZotto (2008), Kreider (2009) and Miller (2011) are/will be NHLers for a long time. Add Stepan, Weise, Hagelin and Anisimov found in other rounds and it’s not Detroit or Chicago but it ain’t terrible.

      Maybe in 2034 when he’s 50 years old, the Rangers will be forgiven for picking Hugh Jessimen in the 2003 draft at #12 overall.

    • hockey412 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      I’m pretty sure the whole point of the article was that Florida might trade down, and that Toronto wanted Ekblad.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Yeah I’m sure the Panthers are really kicking themselves for drafting Barkov who’s only good enough to crack Finland’s Olympic roster, Huberdeau who won the Calder Trophy as the leagues top rookie, and Bjugstead who lead the team in scoring last year as a rookie. I’m also willing to bet that no team would want young defensemen such as Kulikov or Gudbrandson. Totally get the Panthers can’t draft shot you took.

  6. Fertility Doctor - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Honestly, I know Jared Mccann isnt expected to go until around #12 but I LOVE that kid, i know hes gonna be something special.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      “I know hes gonna be something special”

      odds say otherwise, just saying :)

  7. withseidelinn - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    I think what makes this trade actually plausible is the fact that the Panthers want to “win now”. In my opinion that means they’re interested in pieces like Phanuef and Kadri who are already somewhat established in the league for above average performance (okay, maybe not Phanuef, but he isn’t as bad as everyone says). I thinkif FLA was demanding prospects and what not then the chances of the Leafs doing this trade would be next to zero, based on the fact that Nonis is really trying to get away from dealing the future for success now. The Marlies just ended a great run last night in the AHL, and there are a few players who will be in the NHL next year, either on a part time of full time basis. Personally I think the 8th overall pick, and then a combination of either Kadri, Phanuef, Gardiner and Franson will be involved. Will be interesting to see what happens.

  8. bcisleman - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Garth may well keep the #5 BUT Reimer and Franson would no doubt be of interest. If Leafs wanted to get the pick outright, Kadri and Reimer would do it and I would make that trade.

  9. beergold - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    If anyone takes the Pylon in a package deal I can guarentee that the Leafs will be eating a portion of his 7 mill salary. No one but the Leafs are that stupid to pay that kind of money long term.

  10. mjw9326mjw9326 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    I heard it as possibly Phanuef, Kadri and the number 8 to BUFFALO for the number two. I sure as hell hope Murray is not that stupid to make that deal. If he does, Buffalo will still suck, but likely only as bad as Toronto did this year and then next year we would have NO chance at Connor McDavid.
    If you are going to be bad for another year, be REALLY bad and let more of the kids learn while making mistakes. Then, come next year, you get one of those to top kids plus what you get this year, which is a number two overall and some seconds that could likely be packaged into something even better. Also, a few of the kids in Rochester will be ready to come up as will a Junior kid or two. Then we have a very solid core to flesh out.
    Trading for an aging Phanuef at 7 million a year, plus a kid who is not exactly going gang busters with the Leafs and giving up one of those top three potential superstars is NOT a good trade in my book.

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