Rumor: Maple Leafs and Predators Discussing Blockbuster Deal

The Nashville Predators are open for business and according to sources close to operations in Toronto, the Maple Leafs have reached out to discuss a blockbuster deal.

The trade would see forward Filip Forsberg headed to the Maple Leafs in return for a package that includes winger William Nylander, defenseman Travis Dermott and at least one prospect, likely defenseman Timothy Liljegren.  

The 26-year-old Forsberg was left off the Preds' untouchable list which surprised many executives across the NHL and apparently the Maple Leafs have been doing their home work and were quick to reach out. The Leafs are going all-in this season and with the COVID protocols in place by the Canadian government, don't expect the Leafs to wait until April to make some changes. The quarantine rules make's it much more likely we see moves sooner than later from the team. 

So far this season Forsberg has recorded eight goals and 15 points in 17 games and his 26 goals in 65 career playoff games makes him an attractive piece for a team looking to solidify their top-six forwards for a run at the Stanley Cup.

There's also been a ton of speculation the Leafs are interested in Mikael Granlund, however some close to the Leafs feel they have much greater interest adding an impact player like Forsberg.

Interesting times for Leafs Nation as the team is getting chomped on by the injury bug but sit first in the NHL at the moment. There's no doubt general manager, Kyle Dubas will be adding to his team, we'll just have to wait and see if Forsberg is their guy.

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