Toronto Maple Leafs Close to Landing Chicago Blackhawks’ Brent Sopel?

November 21st, 2009 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter

During tonight’s Hockey Night In Canada broadcast, Pierre LeBrun, a very reliable source in the past, lamented that the Chicago Blackhawks may be pursuing a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The rumored deal would involve the Blackhawks shipping defenseman Brent Sopel, who has one goal and two points in 19 games played, to the Leafs along with a second round pick, for an undisclosed player from Toronto.

Sopel is currently making $2.5 million this season, has a $2 million cap hit in 2010-11 and, with the Hawks doing everything they can to save a little dough in order to squeeze in Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith into their long-term plans, he might be a player the Hawks are willing to part with.

In attendance at tonight’s game vs. Washington, (a game the Leafs won 2-1 in a shoot out by the way), was none other than Blackhawks assistant general manager, Kevin Cheveldayoff, adding some bite to the tasty rumor du jour.

As for which player or players would be going to the Hawks, it’s still a mystery. One has to believe that the apple of the Hawks' eye may include Nikolai Kul ...

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