Toronto Maple Leafs Trade Scenarios: Leafs Should Target Paul Stastny

By Jon Reid

A new NHL record was set today.

Odd, considering hockey season is still over a month away.

This record, though, has to do with age and not stats.

Earlier today, the Colorado Avalanche announced that 19-year-old phenom and 2012 Calder Trophy winner (for being the NHL’s top rookie in 2011-2012) Gabriel Landeskog would serve as the Avs’ new captain, making him the youngest player in NHL history to be given that honor.

Landeskog is exactly 11 days younger than Sidney Crosby was when the Pittsburgh Penguins elected to stitch the “C” on his jersey.

So what does this have to do with the Toronto Maple Leafs exactly?

Well, the Avs handing the captaincy over to Landeskog instead of the more obvious choice in Paul Stastny could be a sign that Colorado may be leaning towards severing ties with Stastny and building around the younger, up-and-coming core of Landeskog, Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Duchene.

If that’s the case, the Leafs must get on the phone with Colorado and make a push to acquire the soon-to-be 27-year-old center.

While it may be true that the Quebec City, QC native hasn’t exactly been tearing it up the past few seasons and certainly hasn’t lived up to his $6.6 million cap hit, a change of scenery may do Stastny wonders.

Not to mention, because of his past few seasons (110 points in 149 games), Stastny would be an excellent buy-low option as Colorado will probably be looking to move his $6.6 million cap hit anyway.

Make no mistake, this move would certainly be a risky proposal for the Leafs, but there isn’t really much room for Toronto to get any worse at this point and if Stastny can re-discover his game (which wouldn’t be all that hard with Phil Kessel on his wing), Toronto will have found that number one center that has eluded them since the departure of Mats Sundin.

Jon is Rant Sports’ lead blogger for the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. Feel free to comment in the comments section below and follow him on twitter @RantLeafsWriter.

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