The Tampa Bay Lightning are still involved in a bevy of trade rumors as their off season continues. Both rumors involve Brian Burke, the GM for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The first sounds like this,
The Maple Leafs general manager shot down a rumour that he would send the Leafs’ seventh overall pick in the NHL entry draft next month to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the second pick overall and right winger Ryan Malone. The catch is Malone is under contract through the 2014-15 season at a salary cap hit of $4.5-million US for each of the next six years. “I have no comment,” Burke said. “It certainly has not been discussed at our end.”
The second goes like this,
“In a flash, Brian Burke squashed trade speculation involving the Maple Leafs and the Tampa Bay Lightning yesterday. Toronto’s general manager didn’t pull any punches — not that he ever does — when asked about the Lightning’s request for defenseman Luke Schenn and Tomas Kaberle and the Leafs’ first-round pick, seventh overall, in the NHL entry draft in exchange for the second pick overall. “The concept is absurd,” Burke
The second trade would be for our 2nd pick in the upcoming NHL entry draft.
The first trade would essentially be for us to shed some money from our struggling franchises’ books. My brother and I have already discussed this and if the team starts shipping off talented players and high draft picks because they are poor, we are going to contribute to that by asking for a refund on our season tickets. Not asking, demanding.
As for the second trade, I would not hate it. Tomas Kaberle, as much of a puff that he is, is a solid defender that has proven himself and has made the all-star games numerous times. Kaberle had one of his worst seasons last year with 31 points, but had 50+ the two seasons before that. Luke Schenn is a young guy who had 14 points last season in his first season in the NHL. But here is a sad fact that will put our dire need of a good defenseman into perspective. The two Toronto defenders point total last year almost equals half of the total number of points for the 15 players that played defense for us last year.
15 Lightning Defenders=105
2 Toronto Defenders=45
I’m just saying.