Expect more moves in Toronto

In addition, Toronto has two more players — David Clarkson and Frazer McLaren — ready to return to the active roster from injury as well. Those four returnees will take the roster from 21 to 25, over the 23-man limit.

“We’re in a situation where we have to make cap space because of guys coming off injuries,” Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle said. “We had John-Michael Liles give up $925,000 in space, but we got Tim Gleason ($4 million cap hit), so we don’t have (much room).”

Loiselle said more moves are coming to free up cap space. The Olympic trade freeze begins on 3 p.m. on Feb. 7 and runs to Feb. 23. Entry level players can be “loaned” to the Marlies during that period, and players (like Bolland) can be sent down for conditioning purposes beginning Feb. 19.


25 Responses to Expect more moves in Toronto

  1. leafy says:

    If the Leafs do move Kulemin as rumored, it better damn well be a hockey move and not some salary dump.

    If you’re playoff team, makes sense to add players, not subtract. Better be something good for Kulemin.

  2. leafy says:

    Where’s the love for Tyler Bozak? Much maligned for a long time and after the big contract, but he is quietly having an excellent season and that contract now looks quite reasonable.

    I’d like to know Toronto’s record with and without Bozak in the line-up. Point per game pace this year too.

    Kessel just looks so confident right now. He badly wants the puck every shift.

    Despite winning, the Leafs to me look like a team without a system. They’re winning because of their talent but I think this group could do a lot more.

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      Notice the people that bashed the entire lineup and still want a rebuild don’t post anymore.

      Bozak at 4 million is looking like a steal.

      • LN91 says:

        Bozak was always a good player, but prefer him for a second-line role.

        I would still try to find a 200ft player for Kadri…As he still makes me cringe.

        What is the Leafs record without Clarkson in the line-up?

        • leafmeister says:

          Obviously if it is a no brainer then Kadri should be dealt, but if not, I think they have to keep him. Considering how everyone was predicting a serious regression, and calling him out until two weeks ago, this outstanding play from him has been very encouraging and refreshing. I really think he will be an all-star.

          He does such good things for the rivalries with MTL and Ottawa. He always plays well against them, and they absolutely hate him.

          The Leafs have played well without Clarkson, no doubt. He has been a disappointment, but if the Leafs make the playoffs he will be a beast.

          Also, Phil Kessel. Just unbelievable.

          • LN91 says:

            Kadri always has the moments, when he’s on, one of the best players on the ice…When he is not, one of the worst players on the ice. No in between with him.

            Phil Kessel is good, but Amanda is better.

            • leafmeister says:

              Same could be said about Kessel when he was Kadri’s age. Consistency will hopefully come with time.

              • LN91 says:

                Kessel, always showed improvement though…Kadri, seems to stalemate.

                • leafmeister says:

                  Kessel would disappear for long stretches in his first two years here. When he was slumping he was totally invisible.

                  I think Kadri’s upside is that of a 70 point top 6 centre with agitating qualities. The offence is already there, and with time, he will learn when the right time to take risks is. Not exactly a player I would want to trade. Although no one is untouchable.

                  • leafs_wallace93 says:

                    It’s Toronto reactionaries, as CBC noted Kessel is one of the top producers over the last couple of years, yet last season people were running him out of town during a slump. This year ‘he’s too one dimensional to earn 8 million’.

                    Media hacks need to micro GM every player shift by shift.

                    ROR wouldn’t be consider mediocre if he was drafted and developed by the Leafs.

            • reinjosh says:

              I wouldn’t really say that’s true anymore. Kadri is learning. He’s starting to back check when he doesn’t have the puck, and playing a game without the puck that is succesful.

              He’s never going to be a defensive stalwart, but we already have Bolland/Bozak for that. We need Kadri’s skill.

              He needs time to put together consistency. He’s learning, and you’re not giving him enough time at all.

              • doorman says:

                Like I said below, the consistency I want from him is in the effort area. I can live with points streaks etc. But he has to work and at both ends. His skill is amazing, but his head needs to be checked, if they ever become one, that’s a hockey player I would love to watch.

      • leafy says:

        I was one of those who thought the Bozak contract was a little bit rich, but now there’s no denying it was a smart move by Nonis.

        • reinjosh says:

          I was also one of those people who thought the deal was rich. I was a pretty big critic of Bozak. But boy has he proved everyone wrong. It is in only 33 games, and he’s shooting a little too well right now, but he’s been far better than I thought. I was pretty wrong on him.

      • doorman says:

        Notice a ton of people don’t post anymore?

    • doorman says:

      I never had a problem with Bozak, I said before I believe he helped the Kessel resign, but I am still not convinced he is a true #1, but that’s just me.

      As for Kadri, yes I have said all along he can be traded, they all can, in the right deal. It is kinda said that his compete level didn’t go up until his name appeared in rumors. While I like consistency in players, the stats will usually always waver, I can live with that as long as the intensity is there. He looked very disinterested and lazy not long ago. Now his game has come up along with the compete level.

      Clarkson is not a bust, he is misused for starters. This is a gritty two way guy who can score, but is being asked just to check. Notice that he is doing it without complaining, pouting, why? Because he will do whatever it takes to win. This is a playoff type guy period.

      I am interested to see the addition by subtraction as everyone gets healthy. Players futures will be decided soon as some guys will need to go. I think Orr is going to be odd man out and a couple guys get demoted. Bodie has earned the right to stay IMO, all this guy does is bust his balls. Time will tell what happens and I am curious to see the choices management makes.

      • realistic_leafs_fan says:

        Well said on all accounts doorman.
        Clarkson is not being used as he could be. Is it because of the injury that he was playing less? Don’t know.
        I though Bozak signing was unnecessary, but he is having a really good last 15-20 games and I would be happy to be proved wrong if he can keep it up.
        Kadri, well, no one really knows what he will become yet, but he did look disinterested until recently. He has shown he can play, but 10 games consistently out of 50 this year is hard to say he is showing he will continue to compete. I hope he does because the idea of him playing as well as he can with Bozak and Bolland…look good for our future.

  3. LN91 says:

    I really like Kyle Turris, good find for Ottawa.

  4. glotz_99 says:

    Hey, does anyone remember who the referee was that missed the Alfredsson hit from behind on Tucker in the 2002 playoffs? Just wondering if it was Paul Devorski, the ref who didn’t call a penalty on Kadri’s hit that lead to the Leafs goal last night.

    • leafy says:

      I don’t recall the ref, but seeing the Leafs come back in the series and take Games 6 and 7 has got to be one of the most satisfying victories in the last 40 years.

  5. leafy says:

    What do the Leafs need?

    So you wanna see the Leafs cause havoc in the wide open Eastern conference this spring?

    Then they need a couple of things:
    1. Assuming they can’t get a no. 1 center, Bolland needs to come back completely healthy.

    2. Another Gleason type blueliner. The playoffs are not the regular season. The mistakes are what cost you the series. The Leafs need to consider rotating Rielly and Gardiner in the playoffs. Besides, someone’s bound to get injured, so need another good D anyway.

    • leafmeister says:

      How much would Henrik Tallinder cost?

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      Not really looking for a big move going into the playoffs. Turning Franson into a quality responsible blueliner would be enough IMO.

      Our real issues will be exposed in the playoffs (hopefully later than sooner). Nonis can address need on draft day or in the summer.

      If Kadri keeps this up he could be a key piece to bringing in that true # 1 we all want.

  6. Gambo says:

    Superbowl prediction:

    27-13 Broncos

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