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Imagine That, A Trade Rumor That Doesn’t Make Sense

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Ryan Malone’s name has been linked the Leafs for a few years — back in 2009, there were assumptions that he was going to be acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning in a deal that would have involved swapping first-round draft picks.

Last summer, there were whispers the Leafs were going to trade defenceman Tomas Kaberle to the Lightning, with Malone going back to Toronto.

Speculation has been floating around the internet that the Leafs might again be interested in the 6-foot-4, 219-pound left winger. But the rumours don’t add up to a lot of sense.

Malone’s salary cap hit is $4.5 million for each of the next four seasons, and he has a no-movement clause in each of the next two years. It’s nice that Malone usually has been a 20-goal scorer when he has been healthy (he had 14 goals in 54 games last season), but that’s a large chunk of change for someone who probably would not be an automatic to play on the top line.

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Why doesn’t it make sense? Because of his cap hit? I don’t want this player on the leafs team either but I was just wondering why you thought it doesn’t make sense.

Posted by darren on 07/20/11 at 08:58 PM ET

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darren, Terry Koshan explains why he feels that way if you continue reading the article.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/20/11 at 09:01 PM ET

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Sorry, I didn’t see that option.

Posted by darren on 07/20/11 at 09:02 PM ET

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Tinfoil hat time:

I have no doubt that Burke made inquiries. Whether anything happens (or whether Yzerman would want to move Malone at all) is another matter.

It is my personal belief that Burke’s long-term strategy for acquiring a first-line center is to acquire or attempt to acquire Sidney Crosby’s friends so Burke has a leg up in case Crosby ever makes UFA (and perhaps a few guys texting him in non-FA offseasons about how awesome it would be if they were all in Toronto together). Burke’s already signed Colby Armstrong for well-over then-market value and attempted to both trade for and sign Max Talbot (unsuccessfully). Why not kick the tires on Malone while he’s at it?

Now, I don’t think this gambit will work as long as Pittsburgh is a contender, with every one of Crosby’s mentors is on the payroll, his best friend in goal and the type of coach every player wants to play for behind the bench (not to mention that, in Toronto, Crosby would have to put up with 100-person press scrums after every practice, vs. about a dozen times per year in Pittsburgh; also, the ability to go to the supermarket or drugstore without getting mobbed in Pitt—something that wouldn’t be true in Toronto), but it would be a legendary coup if Burke pulled it off.

Posted by steviesteve on 07/20/11 at 09:29 PM ET

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meanwhile the leafs will continue to lose and miss the playoffs until the day they maybe Crosby will leave the Pens.. Hell of a gamble to stake the rest of your career on.  I think top-line centers are hard to come by unless you draft them and Burke trades picks like its going out of style.. then when one becomes available he’s got HEAVY competition with teams that can look a player in the face and say you’ll put us over the edge.. Burke can’t do that.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/20/11 at 11:08 PM ET

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“Burke trades picks like its going out of style.”. what the hell r u talking about??? he has done more these last couple of years than anyone has done in the last 30. most leafs fan base have no clue what they want and frankly ur all a bunch of steve simmons. u whine and complain that the leafs trade/sign for past their prime players….burke hasn’t done that(connoly doesn’t count cause its a very short term deal…2 yrs not big deals). u complain we give away young talent till we have nothing….burke has restacked the shelves and getting young players. toronto’s prospect rating 2 years ago was a 26 overall now their a 10…..but u still whine. u guys have 0 patients and if u don’t have patients enough to wait for a team to be rebuilt then u will never get a crosby/stamkos ever if thats what u want now.chicago/peittburg and washinton all did it. they all had patients WTF can’t u!!! u all feed into all the rumor crap too much and get ur hopes up to high when reading then. do some real reading and stay off those rumor sights if u can’t handle that fact that they r all a 3% turth to it.

TRUE AND PATIENT LEAFS/BURKE FAN HERE….SIGNING OFF!!!

Posted by g_gbot on 07/20/11 at 11:47 PM ET

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Posted by g_gbot on 07/20/11 at 09:47 PM ET

This post made my head hurt.

Are Leafs’ fans really lousy doctors? Is that why they have “0 patients”?

Posted by Seaner on 07/21/11 at 12:19 AM ET

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ya i know i spelled it wrong. realized it afterwords but u get the point.

Posted by g_gbot on 07/21/11 at 12:31 AM ET

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Malone is a hell of a player and would make any team better.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 07/21/11 at 01:45 AM ET

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Why can’t we just all agree that Burke is a terrible GM and move on?

Posted by Primis on 07/21/11 at 01:57 AM ET

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ya i know i spelled it wrong.

Sorry ‘bout that, dude. I did get your point.

Posted by Seaner on 07/21/11 at 05:22 AM ET

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Why can’t we just all agree that Burke is a terrible GM and move on?

Because he isn’t “terrible” per se; he’s just a frequently competent occasionally boneheaded GM who’s more overhyped than the End Of The World circa 999 A.D.

Posted by Viqsi on 07/21/11 at 06:07 PM ET

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Everyone knows that eventually every player will have a tour of duty in TO.  Leaf fans know what i’m talking about

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 07/21/11 at 10:15 PM ET

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