The Toronto Maple Leafs are in search of a top four defenseman, and while names such as Drew Doughty, Erik Karlsson, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson have been tied to the Canadian club, none of these players would end up in a blue and white jersey this season, as those are the types of deals that should they happen, and that's a big "should they", it wouldn't be until the offseason at the earliest.
Their need is for this season as they gear up for a playoff run - and one of the best fits in terms of that positional need is within their own division.
The Detroit Red Wings have reportedly had defenseman Mike Green on the trading block for awhile now, as they are not in a strong position to make the playoffs and the impending unrestricted free agent is one of their best assets.
Pierre McGuire spoke on TSN 1050 radio, connecting the dots between the two teams. He was essentially asked if he believes the Leafs could be looking at Mike Green to fill the gap on the blue line.
“I would. He is a puck transporter. He shoots the puck as well now as when he was a youngster. He has always been an offensive catalyst going back to when he played for Saskatoon in the WHL.
I think the biggest thing is Mike (Babcock) would know how to manage him and that’s a really important part of it when you get a player like that. He’s obviously a high-octane player.
I would be encouraged but you’ve got to think the price point for that player would be pretty high as far as what Detroit would potentially want. And I think Detroit sees themselves as in the mix as a potential playoff team, so I don’t think they’re in a rush to do something that might break up what is an important part of their team.”
McGuire believes it's very possible that this trade happens - but the price point would be high considering the calibre of the player, but also considering the divisonal rivalry. If the Red Wings are out of the picture, it might not be a huge overprice as Green wouldn't directly affect them at this point as a rental player, but they certainly won't give him away at the "retail price" that other teams would have to pay.
Furthermore, McGuire rightfully predicts that this trade won't happen anytime soon, rather, it'll transpire around the deadline day as Ken Holland has a clearer picture of his team's playoff hopes.
Green has 21 points in 35 games this season.