2011 NHL Trade Rumors – Maple Leafs Moving Tim Connolly?

The NHL is not even two weeks into the regular season, and there are already a number of trade rumors circulating around social media sites.

The latest rumor has the Toronto Maple Leafs looking to move center Tim Connolly before the trade deadline later this season. Bleacher Report is the main source of this rumor and most of the story deals on what happened last season.


NHL teams are always looking for good centers, and Connolly was involved in talks last year at the trade deadline, but nothing materialized. If the veteran can stay healthy and perform, a team in need could make contact with Toronto.

The Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is well-known for making deals, and any deal would not be that much of a shock, but the team is looking to make the NHL playoffs with improvements they made during the off-season and team chemistry is a big concern, so making any kind of trade at this point of this season seems highly unlikely.

Look for the Maple Leafs to reconsider any options later in the year, and if the front office thinks it is in the best interest of the organization, deals could happen, but for now fans will be cheering for their team to break their playoff drought and possibly make a run at the Stanley Cup.

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47 Responses to 2011 NHL Trade Rumors – Maple Leafs Moving Tim Connolly?

  1. leafy says:

    Nobody would take him. He's had more injuries than Evel Knievel.

    They should write on his jersey 'fragile, handle with care'.

  2. thisgamewelose says:

    " and if the front office thinks it is in the best interest of the organization, deals could happen" 

    SERIOUS?

  3. Leafs_Wallace says:

    So if he's healthy and performs he's exactly what the Leafs need and they'll trade him but we'll keep him if he remains injury prone?

    You can either trade him for an upgrade or dump him if we tank, just like any other player on the roster.

  4. mojo19 says:

    Haha, 2 games in and he's in trade rumours. Welcome to Toronto. He could be traded at the deadline, maybe. But I doubt it. Next year's deadline? way more likely.

  5. reinjosh says:

    That's what happens when a site predicated solely on fan writing is used as a source for a rumor. 

    Bleacher report…facepalm. 
  6. dumbassdoorman says:

    Agreed, nothing sends a bad messages to future UFA's like hey, we will trade you before you even play a game…..lol

  7. MystifoLeafs says:

    Alright I have a Physics assignment due at 11:59 who wants to help me procrastinate and talk hockey? Just to get it started I will throw a few topics out there.

    1. What do you think Don will do tomorrow on Coaches Corner? 
    2. Anyone else think Tiny Tim going down for longer is really a blessing in disguise?
    3. I have heard rumors of Toronto putting Connolly on LTIR meaning were getting a amazing cap relief… Would you then start looking at guys like Iginla, Spezza, Semin, etc as a way to bolster out offense?
    4. Malkin and Staal or Crosby? pick.
  8. MystifoLeafs says:

    I also like the way  Franson is taking this Healthy Scratch crap.

    " Swift kick in the pride." I think he came in expecting a job like Aulie and never really played his heart out. Well he has learned that he is needing to and now with his chance to prove and finally getting a spot he has stated he does not want to give it up. I say good for him and I hope he does play his heart out.
    Any D man who wants to keep his job just has to play the game the way Grabovski is playing, like every shift is your last.
  9. Steven_Leafs says:

    here here!

  10. mapleleafsfan says:

    I want connolly back, I wanna see what he can do.. Sure some people get a chance to step up but overall we're better off with him IMO… 

    Can't see us getting Spezza being in the same division but maybe. Iggy would be sweet but the asking price would be steep as hell.. Not too interested in giving up a lot for semin personally, i'd rather get a center if we're gonna have to pay that price. And apparently he has no heart but who knows. 
    Crosby. As long as his brain isn't mush he is too good. Put him with anyone and you make the playoffs. 
  11. MystifoLeafs says:

    I want to see Connolly too but I sort of want to see Kadri given a chance with Kessel again as well. Not to mention see if Bozack can bounce back if given the chance. Also the Turris rumors are going wild still and  he could very well be an option at center if he can be acquired for the right price. 

    Also really Crosby over Malkin and Staal? I know Crosby is considered one of the best in the league but Malkin is in the top 5 if not top 3 and Staal is underrated having to play behind such talent. I don't know either way I have a feeling Malkin could end up being priced out of Pensville and will find a place where he is the only number one and will show off the skill he has. 
  12. leafy says:

    Yeah I'd be worried if he wasn't upset. The fact that he got mad is a good thing.

  13. leafy says:

    Looking ahead to the matchup against Calgary, after 3 games so far, the Flames have averaged 19 shots per game, dead last in the NHL.  Now it's only been 3 games, but still, it gives you a rough gauge how anemic the Flames' attack must be right now. However they did win their last game 4-1 against Montreal.

  14. MystifoLeafs says:

    So Philly has to put Brayden Schenn in the minors. My question is where is Schenn's place on this team I mean he is not a 3rd line center at all and you look at their current centers its pretty deep having….

    – Briere
    – Giroux
    – Courtier
    Not to mention they moved Briere to the wing so Giroux could take top line and Courtier could hold the 2nd line. Also they can't put Schenn on the wing at the moment because of the likes of JVR, Briere, Vorcheak, Simmonds, Hartnell. I mean with all this and a aging D does this make Philly's blue chip center expendable? I mean there are teams out there with the need for offense who would trade for him. Also I am not referring to Toronto I was thinking along the lines of Nashville. Thinking maybe….
    NSH
    Schenn
    Hartnell
    PHI
    Suter
    Lets face it Nashville has to let one of Weber Rinne or Suter go due to cash and if you want to keep Weber you need to show that you want to win. Well trading for Schenn and Hartnell shows you trying to improve your forwards. 
  15. hockey_lover says:

    HA!   Awesome.

  16. hockey_lover says:

    1. Scream and rant until his head explodes on live tv lol

    2. No comment.

    3. Does TO really have the pieces to send back to get a Semin or Iginla type player? To get a premier player like one of those guys, its going to start with Kulemin.  A package of guys like Lupul/Komisarek/Armstrong isnt going to do it.  Besides, not many teams are going to make a blockbuster this early. Rosters are still being felt out. Lines are still being tried. At least 17 – 20 games before a BIG trade is made.

    4. Crosby. Hands down.     You mentioned Malkin pricing himself out of Pittsburgh. Possibly. Unless Malkin wants the CBA max, which I doubt will happen unless he has a couple of MONSTER years, the Pens will resign him. I can honestly see Sid signing another contract exactly like this past one. 'x' years at $8.7mil. He makes a crap ton of money with outside ventures so he isnt hurting. The Pens will not pay Malkin more. It just wont happen. So, I believe that Malkin would do the same. He has had two pretty average years now. So this year and two more years, he has to bring his numbers WAY up again or he wont be in a position to ask for much more than $8.7mil anyway.

    I believe the Pens, at some point, will trade Staal. Even though he is only 24, I believe at this point, he is what he is. I thought he had a ton more potential than he is showing. He still does what he does very well (good defensively, decent on faceoffs, 20g/50p guy) but there are parts of his game that need work. He falls A LOT so his skating needs a bit of work. He also gets muscled off the puck a lot along the boards so he needs to get stronger.    Also, even though he missed half the year, he showed that he cant "carry" a team. He was the 1st line center with top PP time, playing with Neal and Kovalev and his point totals, projected over a season, only went up 8pts. Ok fine .. Kovalev isnt a prime winger but still.

    I used to think Staal could develop into a #1 center in the league but I think he is destined for 2nd line center on most teams. Maybe a $1 on weaker teams like Columbus or the Islanders or whatever.  But otherwise, I dont see it happening anymore. Now 2nd line centers dont grow on trees so I think that the Pens could POSSIBLY get a top 6 winger (who will replace Staal's 20g and likely be cheaper) and a decent prospect or decent PK guy for Staal. Which is what I think they will do.

    If they resign Neal, which I think they will, they have two decent top 6 wingers in Neal and Kunitz. They have Kennedy who is a fringe top 6, maybe top 9. So really, they could use another top 6 and they are doing pretty good.

    Kunitz – Sid – (insert someone's mom here who will still get 15 goals)
    New top 6 – Geno – Neal

  17. hockey_lover says:

    Dont think its enough for Suter.

    Suter is one of the top 5 – 7 dmen in the game. I dont think a blue chip prospect and an idiot is going to do it, no matter how effective that idiot may be.  Gotta throw in a 1st. Sure it will likely be a low end 23 – 30 pick, but Nashville would have its 1st and that one .. use both to trade up.

  18. MystifoLeafs says:

    Yeah I was thinking a first as well its just I didn't know if that would be too much or too little.

  19. hockey_lover says:

    Oh gosh no. If Im the GM of Nashville, I even push for a 2nd or 3rd.

    Again, one of the top dmen in the game here. Youre a Leafs fan. You have Phaneuf, who is awesome in his own right.  But, chances are, youd trade to get Suter right?  Straight up .. Dion for Ryan. MOST people would do that in a heartbeat. Not all, but most.

    Dion is probably .. maybe say 10 – 12th best dman in the league. IMO.

    So, if you were trading with Philly, what would YOU want for Dion?  Take that and add a bit more for Suter.

    Thats how I look at it anyway.

  20. LeafsFTW17 says:

    I actually wouldn't trade Phaneuf for Suter, but I also wouldn't do Phaneuf for Schenn and Carcillo.

    Some could say that Suter is better than Phaneuf but you don't trade your captain who is playing well for someone around the same skill as him.

  21. reinjosh says:

    Semin is going to be cheaper than people think. Not cheap but cheaper. He won't get a top 6 roster player. Top 9 yes but not top 6. He's on an expiring contract right. But the rest of your comment is spot on. 

  22. leafstime says:

    Kadri, Frattin, Gunnarson and a fourth pick for Parise and a conditional pick. Pick up the phone.

  23. leafy says:

    Holy crap. The Leafs are 3-0!

    Kessel came within inches of a second straight hat trick.

    Franson looked very good.

    Really happy with Phaneuf so far.

    Reimer rock solid again.

    The defence is set. I still think the Leafs need another bona fide top 6 forward.

  24. leafy says:

    Not so easy. The other GMs get in the way of dream trades.

  25. Leafs_Wallace says:

    You sicken me, you were the first to run Kessel and Phaneuf out of town, now you want to go down on them? F you Bandwagon.

  26. Leafs_Wallace says:

    Kessel is looking to take the next step as a dominant forward in the league.  He's been on the cusp for his stay in Toronto, when everyone whined about his cold streaks they clearly didn't bother watching games where he generated at least two great scoring chances.  Kessel will bury 40+ this season.

    I'm not sure about Lupul, it's like the OHL Rob Pearson effect, when Lindros is the whole f'ing show you get to clean up his garbage.  That said, Lupul is a capable plug on the top line that need not be replaced.  Forget Parise, if (I'll repeat if) we can get that 1st line center, our top six is fine and we can talk contender. So close but so far.

  27. leafy says:

    I don't debate with s*****bags, so go f uck yourself.

  28. leafy says:

    Folks, so despite what that one piece of shit on this HTR site says, I have ALWAYS said Kessel is a great player.  I dare anyone to find any text in the past when I said he wasn't a great player.

    Phaneuf was only so-so last year. This year, I think he looks really good. Only a fu ck head total idiot would believe that you always have to bash a player no matter how he plays.

    Thank God everyone on this site knows this already except one.

  29. Leafs_Wallace says:

    Debate??? That was the message board equivalent of me spitting in your face.

    You talk a big game about fighting, yet you're clearly a kunt.  A tattling fag bar, a coward, ect….

    And a turncoat, you repeat whatever the TV says and can't handle criticism. 

    Don't praise Kessel when you cried about the trade for two years.

    Don't praise Phaneuf when treated him like Komisarek.

    Bandwagoning filth… Doesn't belong on my site.

  30. Leafs_Wallace says:

    She doth protests too much…. :)

  31. leafy says:

    You still here? I thought I told you to go f uck yourself.

  32. Leafs_Wallace says:

    Does your vagina ever bleed through your murse's uniform?

  33. leafy says:

    Go fuc k yourself again.

  34. Leafs_Wallace says:

    Ok, I started this, I just wanted to you remind you and everyone reading this, that you're a fragile house of cards that falls apart with the taking of the top piece, that nothing you say holds weight and you have no integrity. 

    Now on cue, keep crying you f'ing baby.

  35. LeafsFTW17 says:

    Nj already has our 4th

  36. LeafsFTW17 says:

    i love you.

  37. LeafsFTW17 says:

    On a serious note, I'm also really excited with the leafs so far.

    The one thing the team and players need isn't as much a top line center but consistancy.
    We have seen it before with Kessel, but that isn't the major problem.  The leafs need to play a full 60 mins! 
    the leafs outplayed the flames for like 56 mins that game, but two defensive slips almost cost them the game.

    And how clutch was Reims save at the end there?  Almost shat myself.

  38. leafy says:

    Totally agree on consistency. But it's early and they can fix that.

    But to compete with the big boy, I really believe another "finisher" is needed. It probably doesn't show now because it's October and we haven't yet played one of the bona fide contenders, but as the season progresses, I think it will become more apparent.

    The blueline though is absolutely ready. Even Komi looks ok back there. Reimer rock solid again. Keeping fingers crossed.

  39. reinjosh says:

    They had a week off, so I can forgive the inconsistencies and play them off as rust. They did all come first period. 

    Komi is looking good. I really was doubting Mojo's call on him having a decent season but he hasn't been wrong yet. I think Gardiner needs to be sent down, he needs the AHL time. Plus we then give playing time to Franson (who looked great last night). 
    My only problem is where does the finisher fit? Kessel has chemistry with Lupul. A more talented guy could be available but will he bring the same kind of chemistry (assuming that it continues)? Kessel, Grabo, Kulemin and Lupul can all bury it. Same with MacArthur. What we need is the third line to be playing a game thats going to bring scoring as well. I honestly think that's our issue, not the top 6. Frattin might be a fit for that but I think we're going to need someone more on that line. Maybe moving Lupul down to that and getting another top 6 guy is a fix for that (supporting your idea)? 
  40. mojo19 says:

    Kessel has always been quick, always had that lethal shot/release. But through the first few games this year one big difference in his game has been his strength. That first goal he scored last night he basically pushed the defenceman out of his way, whilst protecting the puck and then snapped it home. That was awesome. He's even throwing some decent hits! 

    And ya, Lupul is a solid support winger. Never claimed he'd be the star of the team, but you gotta like what he brings in terms of skating, shot, etc. He's an ideal top line support winger, kind of a Knuble type.
  41. mojo19 says:

    Hahaha, oh this is what its all about. Ya, Leafy you were strongly against the Kessel trade, I came around to your POV last year when I got sick of losing (during my moment of "F uck this team". But at least, like Don Cherry you are admitting when you're wrong. This trade is looking like it will be a good one for the Leafs. I really don't think Seguin will ever be as good as Kessel.

    Leafy and Wallace, you both need to chill.
    And Josh, thanks buddy but don't give me too much credit, I never said Komi would have a solid season, I just said it was a possibility and I wanted everyone to give him a fair look. Hopefully I got through to some, and ya to Komisarek's credit he has played well so far (knock on wood).
  42. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    Wallace may I have your children?

  43. DavidFoster_Leafs says:

    Wallace has been banned from HTR.

  44. leafmeister says:

    I think you both need to go out and find some actual problems to concern yourselves with.

  45. MystifoLeafs says:

    Honestly I don't know where were at I mean I took the time to look at some teams I expect to be making a change by November and anyone who could be brought in to help like….

    1. Brendan Morrow 
    2. Shane Doan
    3. Rene Bourque 
    4. David Moss
    5. Jarome Iginla (Highly Unlikely.)
    6. Ales Hemsky 
    I mean its not a bad list of players, I would prefer a top line center but if 15 games from now and our 3rd line is still not putting the puck in the net we may need to look for an upgrade. I am not demanding any trades who knows Lombardi may be able to spark something and I am still thinking Kadri pushes Frattin to the Marlies taking over the wing on 3rd line with Lombardi and Armstrong. 
    Would also would like to say cheers to Kessel. I know its a few games and he usually is streaky but he is not the same player he was last year. He is not just floating hoping for the puck to come to him he is actually forcing turnovers and playing D. Its really a great site to see one of your star players willing to get down and dirty. 
  46. leafstime says:

    You guys should chill. Walace always bashes my trade ideas, for no reason and makes personnal attacks.

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