Watters drops a big Maple Leafs – Blue Jackets rumor

1:06 PM:

Darren Dreger via twitter: “A couple of sketchy trade rumours out there. Can tell you the Leafs, according to Burke have never discussed Nash trade…”Ever.””

10:10 AM:

Bill Watters via twitter: Watters drops this NHL rumor today …. The Maple Leafs would get Rick Nash and Kristian Huselius from the Blue Jackets for Mikhail Grabovski, Luke Schenn, Nazem Kadri and Mike Komisarek.

I think a similar rumor was dropped a week ago by @Incarceratedbob

Nash carries a $7.8 million cap hit until 2017-18. Huselius carries a $4.75 million cap and will be a UFA at the end of the season. Combined total for this year is $12.55 million.

Grabovski carries a $2.9 million cap hit this year and will be a UFA at the end of the year. Schenn signed a 5 year contract with a $3.6 million cap hit before this season. Kadri will have one more season after this year with a $1.72 million cap hit. Komisarek has a $4.5 million hit for the next 2 years. Combined total for his year is $12.72 million.


  1. Santo

    01/30/2012 at 10:29 am

    I have a feeling Wilbur still has some inside knowledge of MLSE…Great deal for CBJ and despite giving up to good prospects great move for the Leafs….and they take Komisarek…too funny

  2. hotwings

    01/30/2012 at 10:33 am

    yiiikes… i dont get why columbus would do this… trade the face of the franchise for this leaf package?… who replaces the scoring of nash and huselius? schenn and komo are both stay at home d-men…

    if grabo doesnt resign.. then they are even worse off..

    i think bill watters is a bit off his rocker… didnt he report some other outlandish trade recently?

  3. PPP Poser

    01/30/2012 at 10:35 am

    The deal needs to swap Grabbo for Lombardi.

  4. zac edwards

    01/30/2012 at 10:38 am

    Thats a great trade go for it burke! Why don’t you go ahead and get another 7th round pick in that deal to Brian “badass” Burke!

  5. Luc Prevost

    01/30/2012 at 10:39 am

    Zac…your an idiot! this is a great trade for Colombus but it is a stupid trade for Burke and the Leafs

  6. zac edwards

    01/30/2012 at 10:40 am

    Lucf Prevost are you Canadien? Elle cu aste punta!

  7. AJ

    01/30/2012 at 10:44 am

    Actually, I wouldn’t do this deal if I was Burke. Nash is a tempting player, but I think he’s somewhat overpaid even now, and that length of contract is just baaad…

    @PPP Poser: I don’t think you can sell-out your Injury (prone) List and expect Nash back.

  8. dan

    01/30/2012 at 10:49 am

    first of all, grabovski, schenn and kadri are not injury proned, second of all, all of columbus is struggling, nash is still in his prime and can contribute for a lot longer. someone is taking komisarek which is great, grabovski is a loss, but also a free agent, who will probably get 4 million dollars a year, maybe toronto resigns him in the off season, but this is a trade that can actual work well for both teams. kessel, lupol, nash, kulemin, not a bad top 4 forward core

  9. hotwings

    01/30/2012 at 10:56 am

    since when is kuli a top 4 forward? even last season, he wasnt a top 4… last season top 6.. this season top 9…

  10. Mike

    01/30/2012 at 11:03 am

    Sound’s like to me, that Columbus will be getting the better deal in this deal. As a big leaf fan. I want to keep grabovski. even Kadri. I would rather have this trade:
    Columus blue jackets – Jeff Carter, Rick Nash, Kristian Huselius to
    Toronto Maple Leafs. for – Luke Schenn, Mike Komiserek, Nicholi Kulemin, Joe Colburne, and a 2nd Pick

    I know that’s asking for a little much… but out of
    Mikhail Grabovski, Luke Schenn, Nazem Kadri and Mike Komisarek. I’m not too sure Toronto will be benefiting from this trade. I want Grabo and Kadri to stay.
    Still trust in Burkes final decision! So if it is, it is.
    GO LEAFS GO!!! and at least Rick Nash is Canadian! annnnnddd the Born in the same city as me. Brampton Ontario!!! B-TOWN

  11. Wunschkind89

    01/30/2012 at 11:03 am

    “Zac…your an idiot”

    Oh the irony.

    Anyway, Komisarek has a modified no trade clause, and I’d imagine that Columbus would be on that list.

  12. AJ

    01/30/2012 at 11:19 am

    @dan <— DAN this is referring to you!

    I was referring to PPP Poser's comment to switch Grabo to Lombardi. Both Komisarek and Lombardi are injury prone.

    @Mike: so you basically value Jeff Carter as a 2nd round pick?

  13. I_am_I

    01/30/2012 at 11:22 am

    Not happening. Nash has a full NMC and would have to waive to come to Toronto, highly unlikely. Komisarek has a limited NMC/NTC, he can specify a list of teams he can be traded to and I bet Columbus is not on it.
    @hotwings technically last year Kulemin was top 3. Going on the principle that every team has a top 3 and there are 30 teams. That means top 3 are the top 90 players in the league. Last season the 90th highest scoring forward got 49 points. Last season he put up 57 points. QED: top 3!
    Agree he is top 9 this year.

  14. Lennykey7

    01/30/2012 at 11:47 am

    Here I was thinking that the Leafs wanted a #1 center. If you think that this is a reliable source though consider this. This is the same guy that confirmed that the Jays had won the bidding rights to Yu Darvish 20 minutes before it was released that Texas had in fact won. Insiders are a dime a dozen.

  15. backburner

    01/30/2012 at 11:49 am

    If I were Colombus I would try to squeeze a 1st round pick out of that deal… especially since Grabs is a UFA.

  16. tpr13

    01/30/2012 at 11:54 am

    This is from the same guy who said Staal was going to toronto over christmas break… clearly just a toronto fan having pipe dreams.

  17. childs

    01/30/2012 at 11:54 am

    a few others are reporting this deal also, but its brassard instead of Kristian Huselius..if thats the case then i would do it, but id hate to see kadri go

  18. Jeff

    01/30/2012 at 11:56 am


    Is this post real, or a joke?

    Ask Wilbur if Nash will play on a line with Eric Staal.

  19. Real Leafer

    01/30/2012 at 12:27 pm

    @Mike #10, you are the type of Leaf fan that gives real fans with a sense of hockey knowledge a bad name. Do you think you might be over valuing the players you are trying to trade for the ones you are getting back. Why don’t you just ask for Nash, Carter, and Huselius for Carlton the bear, the guy who drives the Zambonni and Mike Zigomannis.

  20. Jeff

    01/30/2012 at 12:30 pm

    Give up Zigomanis?!?! NO way.

    How about and 8th round pick instead…


  21. Lennykey7

    01/30/2012 at 1:28 pm

    @Real Leafer…fuck that…The ACC’s ice is the best in the league…how bout we give up some of our “Great fans”…The season ticket holders that can’t be bothered to be in their seats when each period begins. Much better trade.

  22. hotwings

    01/30/2012 at 1:43 pm

    kulimen was never a top 3 forward… there are statistical aberrations that occur and need to be taken in context. on these weak teams,such as last years leafs, you have certain players that might get top 3 numbers, but only because of a weak team and more ice time than they would usually get. its like some mediocre player, playing on a line with crosby or malkin.. they might get top 3 numbers, but they aint a legit top 3.

  23. NotOnYourLife

    01/30/2012 at 5:40 pm

    Just another Maple Leaf wet dream.
    No one wants Komisarek. Not even Columbus.

  24. gerry

    01/30/2012 at 6:00 pm

    i think this would be good for both teams,but I would be surprised if it really happened

  25. Ignacio

    01/30/2012 at 6:35 pm

    Even more stupid rumors then usual so far this year.

  26. Crleaf

    01/30/2012 at 8:31 pm

    Well does anyone think this gets us past the first round. Lot of talent to give up on. Schenn is having an off year and Kadri only has more upside. Let’s bring up Joe C and Frattin and have a kid line. Then get rid of what does not work in the summer. Anyone for trading Wilson!

  27. declan

    01/31/2012 at 12:34 am

    those dissing komi are out to lunch. hes bigger, stronger and faster than Schenn. he is a more imposing force of the two. his contract is too big, but i bet you see him resigned here. schenn is slow, and confused. he’ll be gone. burke is listening to anaheim and philly–both of whom are making a run for him. Take Kadri while you’re at it. kid is a bust. all show, no
    go. leaf fans are always sold the future and overrate shitty players like schenn and kadri.

    Schenn is a #7 dman on this team and kadri is a bubble player, not to mention him being a huge pothead which has not endeared himself to the brass. Frattin > Kadri

  28. Cody

    01/31/2012 at 12:45 am

    i wonder why philly and anaheim would go after a #7 dman that has a 3.5mil cap hit..

  29. Jay Smith

    01/31/2012 at 2:01 am

    Many people here do not think very well. Komisarek is having a very solid year, and has been significantly better than Keith Aulie. Stop ripping on him and watch a goddamn game to see who actually isn’t performing. Aulie turns the puck over double the times that Komisarek does and that is statistically proven.

    If the Leafs did this deal, I think a deal like a Macarthur, Aulie, Frattin and D’amigo for Suter and Jordin Tootoo. They get a long term replacement for Suter, and some much needed offensive help. Toronto acquires an elite player for a reasonable price.

    Next they would trade Kristian Huselius, Matthew Lombardi for Tuommo Ruttu and a mid round draft pick.

    Then trade Raphael Diaz and David Deharnais for Nikolai Kulemin and a Marlies Player.

    This would give the Leafs a lineup of:


    Extras: Brown, Rosehill


    Extra: Gardiner


  30. Jay Smith

    01/31/2012 at 2:03 am

    I forgot to mention that the trade with the Habs is not necessarily great, but the Leafs need a right shot Dman if the other deals are to happen, so they must pay a price

  31. AJ

    01/31/2012 at 4:30 am

    ” Macarthur, Aulie, Frattin and D’amigo for Suter and Jordin Tootoo” — That’s an inconsistent 2nd liner for three former 4-6 round pick NHL nobodies with maximum decent potential for a franchise Dman and the league’s best under-the-skin guy. Right.

    “Kristian Huselius, Matthew Lombardi for Tuommo Ruttu and a mid round draft pick” — That’s two player, who’ve played 74 games combined tha last two seasons. One is still on LTIR. For tha Canes’ own ‘Grabovski’ and a pick (watch out! They’re actually playing!)

    “Raphael Diaz and David Deharnais for Nikolai Kulemin and a Marlies Player” — That’s a young Dmen, who himself has similar numbers as a Dman as Kulemin, + a center froma team with center problems.

    And all this ofc after the original trade in the post already happened.

    Thank the skies you came and conquered Jay Smith, so that now we all can “think very well”.

    Oh btw, I gotta ask: Bill Watters, is that you there?

  32. LeafFans, Dream On

    01/31/2012 at 6:02 am

    Why is it that Leaf fans think that the average and below-average players on the Leafs roster are worth so much more than they actually are? …and Komisarek isn’t having a “solid” year. He’s having a year slightly better than he usually does. After 7 seasons in the NHL, it’s about time.

  33. hotwings

    01/31/2012 at 7:28 am

    im a komi fan… he is overpaid by about 1.5-2mil, but he is better asset than mostthink

  34. Lennykey7

    01/31/2012 at 9:26 am

    Too many NHL 12 trades going on here. I had a leafs franchise and traded Kuli, Komi and a 2nd rounder for Tavares, then MacArthur, Lombardi and a 2013 2nd rounder for Stamkos. Sounds rediculous right? That’s how you crazies sound right now.

  35. Guest123

    01/31/2012 at 10:40 am



  36. Chris James

    01/31/2012 at 5:57 pm

    AJ – I have to support Jay on this one. First of all, he made an excellent point with Komisarek. Second, Ruttu will be dealt by the deadline. You seem to be overrating many players. I don’t know if you know hockey or not, but I will assume you do and that you made a mistake by calling Diaz young. He is in his mid to late 20’s even thought he is a rookie. So check that out next time you freak out at a guy making a suggestion. The habs will soon be rebuilding so they will likely have issues everywhere so wake up AJ. Also, tell me you were kidding when you called Macarthur an inconsistent second liner. He is consistently solid. And you calling Tootoo the best under-the-skin guy. he is good, but he is a fourth liner on a good team. that is it. I think you yourself are not the brightest either. Jay was definitely a little bit idealistic, but you were just as incorrect with your comments, and you bein a dick like that was so unnecessary. I actually personally know Brian Burke. We have been long time friends. He sometimes talks to me a bit about the team and potential deals. He hasn’t disclosed anything about Nash as he has been talking to the Jackets recently, and he doesn’t want the press to get word of the exact players potentially involved. However he has told me about potential players he is looking at. He told me that all of them had relatively low prices to be paid in return, and Jay actually mentioned quite a few of them, such as Ruttu, Deharnais, and Diaz. So, AJ, maybe you should look in the mirror when you go to criticize somebody else. Based on what Brian has told me, I would say his suggestions are pretty damn accurate. So, why don’t u stop bein a dick, and contribute with an opinion, not a rude response. I’m pretty sure I could criticize you all day, so be careful what you say.

  37. Devon Akinjide

    01/31/2012 at 6:01 pm

    hey AJ, I found your comment rude and spiteful. Any time, any place, I’ll fight you. Let’s see how tough you really are.

  38. AJ

    01/31/2012 at 7:39 pm

    First of all, I was very sarcastic. I didn’t name anyone “idiot”, I didn’t name anyone “dick” and I didn’t pull a “mouthkarate-kid”, I wasn’t cursing, I wasn’t threatening and I wasn’t stating, that “everyone else don’t think well, I do” in the first place, either. I ofc sometimes do all of these as all of us do, but I don’t find any of it any convincing eventually.

    I wasn’t questioning Komisarek in any way. I was questioning the original deal, if it would make sense for TOR to take on such a long contract, even if it’s Rick Nash. Those can kill you. IMO, Komisarek would be in the deal to free up cap space. He may be playing better, but it still isn’t making it up for the cap space, he eats up.

    I wasn’t questionng the fact, that Ruutu will be dealt. I actually think he will be the very next player to be dealt. I was questioning how one could expect to deal two players, who spend most of their time on the LTIR for a useful healthy player and a pick.

    You’re right about Diaz, he’s not a youngster. But still, why would Burke trade one of his few big forwards for yet another smallish 2nd/3rd line center and yet another Dman? And the habs are hurting in the middle and on the blueline. The deal might rush Leblanc to log big minutes, which they don’t wanna do, even if they will soon rebuilding.

    Jay’s player assessment may be good, may even look at the good players, but what he’s suggesting, the trades, the big picture just doesn’t make any sense and seem to be daydreaming.

    Macarthur is kinda inconsistent this year, but he rather may have been mishandled or caught up in the line changings and inconsistent minutes he got.

    Your dead wrong on Tootoo. He is what I called him. He’s a constant third line guy (sometimes 2nd) and is producing good numbers on a team not known for it’s great forward corps, carried by 2 elite defenders a great goalie and a good system.

    You threw a lot of shit on me, actually a lot more, than I may have on anyone, and I don’t think it was justified at all. Not even by the fact you know Burke and talk hockey.

    And finally Devon, you can find my response rude, but I was just really sarcastic. For rude, look at what Chris had to say, who’s in fact on your side.
    I’m in kind of a good shape, but you’re still just being senseless. For those things, a fourth line enforcer role is a more proper place.

  39. You Have Got To Be Joking

    01/31/2012 at 7:45 pm

    Komisarek was a +7 and +9 his first couple of years with Montreal. In his 3rd season, he was at 0, and the Habs dumped him, figuring he would never be the same again after Lucic cleaned his clock.
    So, first couple of years in Toronto, he was -9 and -8. Now, his +/- is 0, and he has 4 whole points. He ranks 326th in the league in plus/minus. THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-SIXTH among NHL defensemen!
    What was that excellent point again?
    What are you, 10 years old? Get off the computer and go to bed!
    And Devon, really? You’re on a computer, and threatening to fight people? Wow! This website should force people to have to pass a screener before they’re allowed to post comments.

  40. Calm the F*** Down

    01/31/2012 at 8:04 pm

    Can everyone please calm the f*** down here? I don’t think anyone wants to argue here. Let’s just share our opinions here people. AJ, you may or may not have been right at the beginning but you handled the situation in a very classy manner with your response.

  41. Trades

    01/31/2012 at 8:05 pm

    Hi guys! I was just wondering what a potential trade for Suter, or Paul Gaustad would include.

  42. AJ is a class act

    01/31/2012 at 8:07 pm

    Class act AJ – I gotta agree with that guy who said that. Classy, and knowledgable.