Chicago Blackhawks: Trade Destinations For Bryan Bickell

By Colin Likas
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May 21, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto Maple Leafs new head coach Mike Babcock poses with a Leafs jersey after a media conference to announce his signing with the club at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs

2014-15 record: 30-44-8

Postseason fate: Did not qualify for Stanley Cup playoffs

Cap space at this moment: About $24 million

Yes, we determined a team close to doing damage in the Stanley Cup playoffs would most likely seek Bickell. It’s impossible to know what the Maple Leafs are with all the talk around them about blowing it up and starting over. Toronto did start last season well, posting above-.500 records in each of the season’s first three months. But a 1-11-1 January pretty much ended the team’s playoff hopes and sent everyone to paper-bag-on-the-head mode in Toronto.

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But the Maple Leafs did show they might feel they can be contenders sooner rather than later by hiring Mike Babcock to be their next head coach. So now it’s on to roster management, and Toronto has quite a few free agents needing signed. Among them are Richard Panik and David Booth. Panik is listed as a right wing but finished last season at second-line left wing, and Booth finished the 2014-15 season at fourth-line left wing. With James Van Riemsdyk (Trevor’s better … ahem, I meant brother) and Joffrey Lupul also left wing options on this club, maybe Bickell slides in while one of Panik or Booth heads out.

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