We've heard the rumors floating around for several weeks but we now have a very strong report regarding a potentially massive trade involving the Maple Leafs.
A new report from Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman has revealed the Leafs are in fact listening to offers on one of their top forwards James van Riemsdyk, and considering how heavily his name has been involved in trade rumors, it seems likely this will be a deal that gets done before the trade deadline.
A year ago, teams asked about James van Riemsdyk and were told he was not available. Now they’re being told, “If you’re serious, ante up.” What it comes down to is this: van Riemsdyk is an unrestricted free agent after next season, and can be extended July 1. At some point, the Maple Leafs will decide if they are going to meet his price.
So that’s why I think it’s gone from “No,” to “What have you got for us?”
The rumor has consistently been van Riemsdyk for a defenseman, a defenseman once believed to be Cam Fowler of the anaheim Ducks, and the belief is that the Leafs are still looking to bolster their blue line.
Needless to say for a player like van Riemsdyk the price will be high, and this could turn out to be a very big trade indeed.