2016 NHL Trade Deadline— Which Players Will be Traded from Toronto?
Since January 3rd, 2016, former Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf, netminder James Reimer, forwards Shawn Matthias, Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Ryan Rupert, Jeremy Morin, Nick Spaling and defensemen Roman Polak and Cody Donaghey have all been shipped out of the organization, while many more players have the potential to be on the move by Monday’s Trade Deadline.
Outside of Morgan Reilly, nobody is thought to be untouchable in Toronto. With that in mind, just about every player in Toronto has to be at least a little nervous about the deadline and, on a longer view, this summer.
Realistically, Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Lou Lamoriello will not be able to pull off every trade he would like, but there is still the potential of another four or five deals being made before the Trade Deadline.
Mark Arcobello, Brad Boyes, Michael Grabner, Milan Michalek, and P.A. Parenteau would seem to be the most likely candidates to be moved out of Toronto, while the likes of Joffrey Lupul, Jonathan Bernier and Tyler Bozak will likely remain due to their large contracts and/or injuries.
Of the five players mentioned as trade bait, P.A. Parenteau is likely to be the most coveted player on the list.
In a previous column, we mentioned The New York Islanders, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers as possible landing spots for Parenteau.
Given Florida’s recent acquisitions —Jiri Hudler (F) Jakub Kindl (D) and Teddy Pucell (F)— the suspicion is that the Panthers may, in fact, be done dealing for help, especially up front.
That still leaves plenty of destinations for Parenteau.
Best bet— New York Islanders
But what about the other players? Where will they land?
Given his struggles this season, Milan Michalek might be impossible to move. A 35-goal scorer with the Ottawa Senators in 2011-12, Michalek has struggled to light the lamp, scoring four goals in 23 games in 2012-13, 17 goals in 82 games played in 2013-14, 13 goals in 66 games played in 2014-15 and just six goals in 32 games played this season.
Sidelined by a finger injury, Michalek is yet to play his first game with the Maple Leafs, so, should a team be intertested in taking a chance on him, they would do so knowing full well that he may, in fact, be injured. With that in mind, it is unlikely Michalek gets moved.
Best bet— Stays put in Toronto.
As for Mark Arcobello, at 5’8”, 172 pounds, Arcobello is not an intimidating force on the ice. known as a decent playmaker with offensive upside, Arcobello could help a team that needs offfense from their bottom six and, in a pinch, play the power play.
The New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators are all said to be looking for forwards at the deadline, so any one of those teams could be interested.
Best bet— Arcobello lands in Nashville.
Like many Maple Leaf players, former 43-goal scorer Brad Boyes has struggled this season. With over 800 games of NHL experience, Boyes has little playoff experience (17 games) but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t help a team in need of offense and a solid effort each night.
Best bet— Boyes stays in Toronto.
Through 58 games with the Maple Leafs, Michael Grabner has registered six goals and 5 assists (11 points)— Hardly mind blowing totals. Known for his speed, Grabner (28) has the ability to play in a teams top-six.
While the return would likely be in the neighborhood of a fifth round draft choice, Grabner will probably find a new home.
Best bet— Grabner lands in Minnesota.
Wherever these players land, one thing is certain, don’t look for Lou Lamoriello to get much in return as all of these players, will be hard pressed to find new homes by Monday’s deadline.