Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Maple Leaf trade rumour heat up

For at least a month there have been rumours that the Leafs would be picking up Ryan Malone's salary from Tampa Bay. Malone is under contract through the 2014-15 season at a salary cap hit of $4.5-million US a season for each of the next six years. In exchange the teams would sway first round draft picks. That would allow the Leafs to move up from 7th pick to 2nd overall. Tampa Bay is denying the deal and suggesting that the Leafs would have to throw in Luke Schenn and Tomas Kaberle. It is strange that the Lightning would negotiate through the media but then they also revealed players being discussed in a potential trade with Montreal for Vincent Lecavalier. My guess is that trade talks are going on but obviously the team are very far apart.