28 Nov 2017 20:26:43
Ian Cole and a 2017 3rd Round Pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Tyler Bozak, Nikita Soshnikov and Curtis McElheinney.

- Pittsburgh needs depth scoring. Bozak is a third line centre who can move up as needed. He provides better insurance than any of Carter Rowney, Riley Sheahan and Greg McKegg.
- Nikita Soshnikov can play on a third/ fourth line and be an energy guy. Can be a decent depth scorer, imo, capable of 20ish points in an NHL job.
- McElheinney provides insurance as a veteran backup for Matt Murray (Pittsburgh doesn't have one), and also provides a net presence due to Pittsburgh's sudden need of a goalie (Matt Murray/ Jakub Voracek last night)

- Toronto acquires a rugged dman who can play top 4 minutes. Playing alongside Jake Gardiner could help Gardiner, as did Hainsey with Rielly. This allows Zaitsev to move to the third pairing, and finally allows Toronto to have three capable NHL defensive pairings. Plus, Bozak can be replaced with Marleau at centre, and Marleau's wing spot can be taken by Leivo. Kapanen can also be in the call-up spot instead of Sosh, as Sosh would be gone. McElheinney, although he is a well-liked guy, just seems to be outmatched by guys like Sparks or Calvin Pickard, both capable NHL backups and very good AHLers.

Imo fills both teams needs. Forward and goalie depth for Pittsburgh. Defensive depth for Toronto.


1.) 28 Nov 2017
28 Nov 2017 21:48:10
Pretty good trade for both teams I'd say.
Is Bozak a UFA after this season? Pretty sure he is.


2.) 29 Nov 2017
28 Nov 2017 22:47:23
Would a player for player deal work as well?
I would value Cole just a bit higher than Bozak myself.
Bozak, 4th for Cole?
I do how ever reslly like the original post as well tho!


3.) 29 Nov 2017
29 Nov 2017 00:18:38
Not a bad trade.


4.) 29 Nov 2017
29 Nov 2017 00:28:21
Cole is not that good. I would say he's a bottom pair defender. He also plays the left side.


5.) 29 Nov 2017
29 Nov 2017 11:23:46
@Yup

Thanks bro. I added Sosh and McElheinney just cause of Pittsburghs needs rn. Espec. McElheinney, because they're going to have a tandem of Jarry/ DeSmith for the next month, which doesn't look that pretty.

I could see Bozak and McElheinney for Cole however, just basically replacing the 4th you put w. Curtis.

But yeah, as a Toronto fan, I'd love to have Ian Cole. @Vancity, I watched Cole in the playoffs, he was solid and is the type of dman Toronto needs. Imo, he's a #4, and that's kinda what we need. I mean,

Rielly - Hainsey
Zaitsev/ Gardiner - Cole
Zaitsev/ Gardiner - Borgman/ Carrick

looks better than.

Rielly - Hainsey
Zaitsev - Gardiner
Borgman - Polak/ Carrick.


6.) 29 Nov 2017
29 Nov 2017 13:11:05
For some reason Pickard to me would interest them more than Mcelhenny. Or Hutchinson in Winnipeg.


7.) 30 Nov 2017
30 Nov 2017 11:38:04
Pitt has lost a lot of leverage sitting Cole. No way T.O. does this.