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Scribe Poses Maple Leafs “All-In” on Rickard Rakell, Likely Price Tag

Pierre LeBrun identifies a forward the Toronto Maple Leafs should be all-in on prior to this year’s NHL Trade Deadline.

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If you ask The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, there’s a forward out there on the trade market that the Toronto Maple Leafs might be (or at least should be) willing to go all-in on prior to this year’s NHL Trade Deadline. LeBrun notes that this player isn’t being shopped, but he is available and if GM Kyle Dubas can make it work, he’s an ideal fit.

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That player is Rickard Rakell and there are plenty of rumors he could be moved by the Anaheim Ducks prior the April 12th.

LeBrun notes in a recent article:

The word from sources around NHL front offices is that the Leafs have let it be known they’re poking around for a middle-six or top-six forward with a two-way game who is hard on the puck. James Mirtle made the case this week for the Leafs to go all-in with a trade.

While a lot of insiders have made the assumption Mikael Granlund is the player the Leafs are targeting, LeBrun suggests Rakell might be a better fit. The insider acknowledges that Granlund is an easy pick because of his pending UFA status, but LeBrun thinks the Leafs might want to think about both the short and long-term in a Rakell trade.

Noting that both players have similar cap hits, (Rakell, $3.79 million; Granlund, $3.75 million) the bonus in Rakell is that he’s got one more season on his deal and “that’s a bonus hockey-wise”.

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Rickard Rakell Ducks Oilers trade rumors

LeBrun explains:

They would be getting at least two possible playoff runs out of Rakell and in the event they can’t get Zach Hyman re-signed, they would have already found his replacement. If Hyman re-signs, then they’ve got the offseason to juggle the cap and figure it out.

What Should the Leafs Be Willing to Give?

Because the Ducks are only listening on Rakell and not shopping him, he will cost a pretty penny to land in a deal. LeBrun believes the Maple Leafs would have to start any conversation by offering 2020 first-round pick Rodion Amirov “and still, that probably wouldn’t be enough.”

He then notes that Toronto would need another asset in the package but thinks they might be willing to do so. He calls this a team that is “all-in” and suggests Dubas owes it to the cause to investigate the Rakell situation.

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