NHL Offseason 2012: Could Niklas Backstrom Be on the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Radar?

July 6th, 2012 by Brad LeClair Leave a reply »
An offseason full of speculation and rumors appears to be continuing, as the Toronto Maple Leafs re-work their team in hopes of making the playoffs.

Other than a few restricted free agent signings, a surprising trade that involved Luke Schenn, James Van Riemsdyk and the club signing checking center, Jay McClement, the offseason has been rather uneventful so far—more hype than substance.

The Leafs continue to explore their goaltending options via free agency and trade. The free agent market is now relatively bare, only with options like Cristobal Huet available. As a result, the most likely avenue to get a goalie appears to be through trade.

Roberto Luongo has always been on the Leafs' radar and will probably continue to be on the radar until Vancouver's asking price becomes too much for the Leafs to handle.

A respectable trade to land Luongo would likely involve Tim Connolly, a defensive prospect or Cody Franson, and back-up goalie Ben Scrivens—as Connolly is expiring—and a good second line center option for the Canucks.

Scrivens gives the Canucks a viable back-up option to Cory Schneider. In addition, the pro ...

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