LGD: Avalanche Warning In Effect

Would you trade Jake Gardiner for Matt Duchene? I ask because Duchene’s name has popped up in the headlines several times over the past week or so as a potential big-name trade chip. Seeing that the Toronto Maple Leafs are rebuilding, they would seem like the kind of club looking to bring in as much young talent as possible. More than a few people have drawn that connection.

You have to think that Gardiner would be the most likely candidate to go the other way in any transaction surrounding Duchene, as Colorado is known to be seeking blueline help (preferably young and with term), but what concerns me the most is the additional assets it would require to close the deal. Gardiner alone won’t do it, so how far are you willing to go? Rumour has it that TLN’s Ryan Fancey will be discussing this more in-depth tomorrow, so be sure to stop by again.

Regardless of what side you sit on, pro-Duchene or anti-Duchene, it’ll certainly be interesting to watch him tonight. It’s a fun coincidence that he’s in Toronto shortly after these rumours have begun to circulate, and it’s a sad coincidence that he’ll probably blow by Gardiner a few times tonight and bury two or three goals. Because, you know… Toronto Sports.

The Leafs

Nick Spaling is out with an injury, so Brad Boyes will draw into the lineup in his place. Still no sign of Frank Corrado, who may never play another hockey game ever again.

Lineup Courtesy of DailyFaceoff.com


The Avalanche

Gabriel Landeskog will be serving the second game of his two-game suspension this evening for his illegal hit on Boston’s Brad Marchand last Thursday, so that’s a bit of a bonus for the Leafs. Still, this team has plenty of offensive pop with the likes of Nathan Mackinnon, Duchene and Tyson Barrie still in the lineup.

Lineup Courtesy of DailyFaceoff.com


Starting Goalies

This is going to be weird to type – both teams will be going with their indubitable starting goaltenders… James Reimer and Reto Berra.

Reimer, as you probably already know, has stringed together a number of excellent starts in recent weeks and has wrestled the number one job from a struggling Jonathan Bernier. Berra, somehow, leads the league in save percentage (.953) and goals-against average (1.50). Looks like we’re in for a very untraditional goalie battle.

What to Watch For…

  • Former Leafs legend Francois Beauchemin, who was traded from Toronto to the Anaheim Ducks for Joffrey Lupul and Gardiner. Say what you will about Lupul’s injury issues, but that trade is still amazing.
  • Patrick Roy behind the bench. Always a treat.
    • SEER

      I think Harrington’s off, Gary.. I saw this same move earlier..

      Jonas Siegel ‏@jonasTSN1050
      Looks like Frankie Corrado will continue to wait for Leafs debut. Appears Marincin will replace Harrington tonight.

      I also think that we win this game.. Tankers can go cry.. LOL!

      Leafs vs Avalanche Match-Up/Montage

      —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJXySC_xDYA

      ..And my favorite post of the day…

      Chris Johnston ‏@reporterchris 8 hours ago
      Jonathan Bernier says he expects James Reimer to be “playing for a little awhile.”

      GO LEAFS GO !!

  • Gary Empey

    I don’t think Gardiner has as much cache around the league as people think. I don’t think Gardiner and throw ins will get you Duchene. I think Gardiner would be the throw in with a better piece. I mean, it’s Matt Duchene

  • BarelyComments

    at first, i said yes but then it hit me. we have no top 4 defence beyond rielly. we have a lot of “maybes” to slot into the 2nd pairing but gardiner’s value is too important and we already have nylander/marner/kapanen, etc. we need more elite defence not more elite forwards. unless we get chychrun, we keep gardiner. i’d rather trade harrington but i know they wouldn’t take him over gardiner even though they could use him too and we already have percy.

  • BarelyComments

    Send them Dion and retain up to 2 mil if we have to… Duchene’s cap hit is pretty friendly for the next couple of years so we should be able to live with it… Maybe throw in a third or anyone of our forwards (excluding Kadri/JVR) if necessary…

    • Gary Empey

      we’re already retaining 1.2m for kessel over the next 6 years… no more retaining that much money. we could either throw in a pick or take back a bad contract with shorter term with duchene. phaneuf is a good player but he’s not worth that contract and duchene is amazing and young so we would have to part with something. dead cap space is the worst thing you can do in a rebuild.

      • BarelyComments

        A rebuild is the perfect time to retain salary as we will likely have a large part of our roster on entry-deals over the next couple years. Retaining a total of just over 3 mil isn’t very bad if you don’t have any terrible contracts on the roster