No, but it has to be a possibility, at any rate. The Leafs project to having some lineup openings, so a young player or prospect should appeal more than a draft pick, all else being equal. At the same time, I don't know that giving up our "best" prospects is going to fit with Gainey's MO. But somebody who might be getting a bit redundant like Grabovski or the question marks swirling around the likes of an Emelin might be pretty easy for him to slide into a deal.
I don't see how it has to be a possibility. I don't see it at all.
Can you really picture Fletcher breaking Gainey's balls to the point where he refuses any one of Grabovski/Valentenko/D'Agostini/Maxwell/White in order to demand the guys we're most keen on?
All the aforementioned prospects are guys I'm really high on too, so it's not as if the Leafs are getting stiffed in any way, shape or form.
Well assuming that Gainey wasn't the only one jockeying for exclusive rights to talks, we could assume that the cost could be as high as a Grabovsky (whom Gainey could very well have dangled since a result of Sundin, Pleks, Koivu, and Chips would leave Grabs at either the wing, the AHL or a new home anyway). Hopefully not, as I don't think exclusive rights to negotiations is worth an NHL ready prospect. But I have been on record as saying the Grabs will be lucky to find a full time position on the Habs anytime in the future, so no great loss other than the sense of having overpaid a bit (IMO).
if he decides toaccept to play for the habs its not cause they offered him more money then leafs money isnt an issue really the issue is if he wants to continue play and if he does if he wants to stay with leafs or not
if money is no issue and he wants the cup... detroit.......
His agent flat out said he wants to stay in the Eastern Conf due to the easier travel and there's been talk he wants to remain in Canada for financial reasons, meaning he's got investments in Canadian funds.
"Mats has always been interested in Montreal. Montreal is trying to see if they can sign him now — and then we'll go from there," said Fletcher, adding: "It would be better if you guys hadn't found out."