I've been a Leaf fan for near 25 years and yeah, it's been frustrating at times. But with five days until the unofficial national holiday of Trade Deadline Day here in Canada..., the rumors are that Rick Nash could be a Leaf on the 28th. Not gonna happen..., and there are reasons for it.
1) We don't need him. We have guys on this team that can score goals. Kessel, Lupul, Grabovski, MacArthur, Bozak..., all have or can hit the 20-25 goal mark per year (especially if we can resign Grabo). Adding a winger like Nash right now would disrupt the top two lines of Kessel-Lupul-Bozak and Grabo-Kulemin-Macarthur. If this team wants to hit the playoffs..., they can't mess with the top two lines. When they are on, they are better than good.
2) The assets to give up for Nash would cripple this team for a while. A first rounder, Kulemin and either a defenseman or a MacArthur type guy is what Columbus is presumably after. The first rounder is always a 'wild card'..., and should the Leafs make the postseason, it'll be a late first rounder. Kulemin does have an upside and could possibly turn into the 25 goal winger on the second line. While the Leafs are deep in defense, with at least 9 NHL ready defensemen right now, they would rather ship out a defenseman for either a tough guy on the 3rd or 4th line, or a handful of prospects or picks. Don't destroy the farm just to get one guy.
3) After losing to Jersey and Vancouver..., they need a goalie more than ever. Don't get me wrong, I like the tandem we have here but, there comes a times when you gotta have that one guy..., the puckstopper and playoff veteran that can take your team over the top. While Gust and Reimer have had decent years lately, neither is a standout guy. I am hoping Burkie goes out and either signs a guy like Turco, or deals a defenseman to say the Oilers for Khabibulin or to the Canucks for Schneider (possibly not going to happen either but I took a shot!) A Nabakov can be had for the right price and you don't ruin team chemistry doing so.
All in all..., the Leafs have offense and defense..., they just need a goalie right now. And after that game that Gust had last night..., they need a goalie worse than they need Rick Nash.