It would be nice for Brian Burke to acquire a young playmaking or scoring center with lots of potential for the first line. However, the chances of this happening are very slim, unless Burke can find a team that is desperate to win the Stanley Cup next year and mortgage the future for this potential. This in most likelihood will not happen. Therefore, the only other possible option would be possible salary cap, or internal team cap casualties for other teams to cast off their players. The thought of some of these offense players would not be good for the Leafs, but I am going to list what most likely will be available this summer for possible trade.
The players listed below are based on highest cap hit to lowest cap hit that could possibly be available due to another teams need to unload the listed player. Some of these players could be moved due to cap restrictions or multiple RFA signings this year or next. Here are some candidates that Leafs fans will either love, or hate with a possible trade for the following players:
Brad Richards – $7.8 million (1 year remaining)
Scott Gomez - $7.357 (4 years remaining)
Chris Drury - $7.05 million (2 years remaining)
Shawn Horcoff - $5.5 million (5 years remaining)
Mike Ribeiro – $5 million (3 years remaining)
Patrice Bergeron - $4.75 million (1 year remaining)
Daymond Langkow - $4.5 million (2 years remaining)
Simon Gagne - $5.25 million (1 year remaining)
Ryan Malone - $4.5 million (5 years remaining)
Joffrey Lupul - $4.25 million (3 years remaining)
Scott Hartnell - $4.2 million (3 years remaining)
Ryane Clowe - $3.63 million (3 years remaining)
Patrick Sharp – $3.9 million (2 years remaining)
Marco Sturm - $3.5 million (1 year remaining)
Kris Versteeg - $3.08 million (2 years remaining)
Ethan Moreau - $2 million (1 year remaining)
Daniel Briere - $6.5 million (5 years remaining)
Alexander Semin - $6 million (1 year remaining)
Michael Ryder - $4 million (1 year remaining)
Dustin Byfuglien - $3 million (1 year remaining)
The players above would be more realistic to be moved before any of the younger RFA players on other team’s rosters that need to be signed. The selections are slim pickings, but this is what Brian Burke most likely has to work with, unless some team really wants a young player off the team to make a dramatic move or shake up of the roster. These are few and far between scenarios for shake up roster moves, but Burke will have to be patient just like the Phanuef trade.
If Alexander Semin is realistis than Donald Trumps hair is real. And yeah the fact that the Phaneuf trade even happened makes me wrong i guess.