Whenever there is a star player in the rumor mill Leafs Nation immediately begins to buzz, speculating (or dreaming) about how Brian Burke will trade some third liners, mediocre prospects and a bad contract to make the star a Leaf. Most of the time I put very little stock in the Leafs chances of making a major deal, but in this case I believe there is substance to Burke being able to acquire Rick Nash.

What makes this situation different? Three factors; Columbus is rebuilding making them a motivated seller, Nash wants out and will approve a deal to Toronto, and Toronto desperately needs some size scoring and leadership.

With the philosophical ideals all in alignment, the salary cap and player exchange also needs to make sense. Letís look at the Cap implications first.

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