|Gunnarsson is getting a lot of looks from around the league.|
Could he be traded out of Toronto for an elite forward?
If the Leafs want to pick up a big player, they need to shed some salary first. I really like the speed of a guy like Lombardi, but when you look at the roster, he's simply not needed. He makes 3.5 million against the salary cap for both this year and next year, so he won't be an easy player to trade. But if the Leafs find a team that's interested in taking Lombardi and his salary from us, and also find a trade for one of those big named players that are being rumoured, such as Getzlaf, Ryan, and Staal, that fits with what the Leafs are willing to give up, then pull the trigger.
Also, what's Joe Colborne's value in a possible trade? He's a former first round draft pick that is only a few years away from making it into the NHL in many people's minds. I would rather trade him than our next first round pick, and you would probably get more value for him. I wasn't impressed with his speed when he was called up and for a player with his size he was letting himself get pushed around. I haven't by any means given up on him as a player, he's definitely got the potential to become a good NHL player.
In conclusion, the Leafs already have a top scoring line and two good secondary scoring lines. If they are going to grab an elite forward, they should be looking at trading one of their secondary guys, mainly someone like MacArthur, who's value is still close to where it should be, as opposed to a guy like Kulemin who is really struggling. Keep your draft picks and keep your players who's value is much lower than it should be.