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If you didn’t already know that the Leafs and Sens made a blockbuster trade, that TSN probably would have preferred happened 20 days from now, you either live under a rock, or you have a life that doesn’t involve sitting on Twitter for most of the day. Either way, Dion Phaneuf, as well as Matt Frattin, Ryan Rupert, Casey Bailey and Cody Donaghey, is a Senator and Jared Cowen, Milan Michalek, Colin Greening, Tobias Lindberg and a 2017 2nd round draft pick are Toronto Maple Leafs.

Peter already gave a really good breakdown of the trade. That’s not what I want to talk about. What I do want to talk about is what this trade means for the Leafs. They have $5,129,908.00 in available cap space but, that number is surely going to rise as the trade deadline approaches on Feb.29th, and with the amount of players nearing the ends of their contracts. This would leave a significant amount of money available to sign a certain 26 year old soon-to-be UFA that just so happens to be from the Toronto area….

Hockey twitter nearly exploded when this trade was announced as it became a very strong indicator that Lamoriello, Shanahan et al were planning on pushing hard to sign Stamkos, assuming he doesn’t re-sign in Tampa Bay. Some analysts have taken to twitter to discuss whether they think Stamkos will end up in Toronto. Damien Cox of Sportsnet was pretty diplomatic in his assumptions, not actually giving an opinion instead.

Look, if Stamkos wants the $$$, the fame, the endorsements and to play in his hometown, he’ll come. If he doesn’t, he won’t. Pretty simple.

— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) February 9, 2016

If Stamkos wants less $$$, loves living in Tampa and wants a shot at the Cup in near future, he’ll stay there. Depends what he wants.

— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) February 9, 2016

Cox essentially just stated the obvious with those but, sometimes people need to be reminded. In an ESPN article, Pierre LeBrun mirrors Cox’s “I don’t know so I won’t speculate” demeanor and simple states that Toronto now has the “financial muscle” to attract Stamkos. Whereas Scott Burnside, in the same article, says “I still have trouble imagining Stamkos wanting anything to do with this franchise, given the long uphill battle that still lies ahead”.

In a since deleted tweet, Bob McKenzie questioned whether or not Stamkos even wanted to become a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, I have been told by a reliable source has been told before by Stamkos himself that among his career goals would be to play for his hometown team. The recent Twitter liking controversy could be considered proof of this being true.

I’m going to entertain the thought of this maybe happening. Imagine a team with Stamkos, Marner, Nylander, and potentially one of Matthews, Laine, Puljujarvi. Throw in some supporting acts like Connor Brown, Kapanen, Gauthier, Lindberg and Leipsic. Maybe even include Timashov. And defence potentially featuring guys like Percy, Harrington, Loov, Valiev, Rielly, and Dermott. I don’t even think it would be that far of a reach to start considering Stephen Desrocher having a decent professional career. With the strong goaltending presented thus far by Garrett Sparks and Antoine Bibeau, in a few years, this team could be very, very strong. Even without Stamkos, it would be a pretty darn good team.

Most players that grew up in Ontario, or at least in Southern Ontario, have dreamed about someday play for one of the most storied teams in NHL history but, Stamkos has already been through the painful rebuilding years – dating back to his first few years with the Tampa Bay Lighting. Would playing at home really be worth it?

This post first appeared on Leafs Hub, please read the originial post: here

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