The Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins both have needs, Toronto on the blue line and Pittsburgh up the middle of their line up, and Sportsnet's Sonny Sachdeva believes that the two sides could help one another.
Sachdeva recently touched on the rumored trade involving Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak and Pittsburgh Penguins veteran defenseman Ian Cole, and he believes that a third player could make that deal a reality.
With the Penguins dealing from a position of weakness, it is now a poorly kept secret that Ian Cole and Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan have had a major falling out, Sachdeva believes the Leafs could get more than just Cole in the deal.
The biggest hang-up here is how willing Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello is to potentially beef up one of the top teams in his own conference. However, Pittsburgh does have a few other names besides Cole to dangle in a potential package, perhaps sweetening the deal, including quick-footed winger Carl Hagelin.
While teams are often wary of trading within their own conference these two teams have made deals in the past, including a blockbuster trade involving star forward Phil Kessel, so there is a history here.
Would the Penguins be giving up too much in both Hagelin and Cole? Or is acquiring a legitimate National Hockey League veteran center worth the sacrifice to get the team back on track?