Leafs not ready to press trade button
With James Reimer, Matthew Lombardi, Mike Komisarek, Mikhail Grabovski, Clarke MacArthur and Colby Armstrong all sidelined due to injury, six of the 20 players often dressed by Ron Wilson will be watching the game in street clothes. The flood of bodies clogging the trainer’s room has many panicking fans urging Maple Leafs management to immediately go out and pull the trigger on some huge deals.Reports out of Edmonton suggest there has been a lot of talk about Cody Franson heading west for either Linus Omark and a draft pick, or Sam Gagner.
Sure, with Cam Barker needing ankle surgery that will keep him out until March, the Oilers might require blue line help. But with Komisarek out at least three weeks after suffering an apparent hand/arm injury against the Nashville Predators on Thursday, the Leafs need Franson in their own lineup, not someone elses.
Omark is playing with AHL Oklahoma City and has vowed to return to Europe if he’s not back in the NHL soon. He has an out clause to do just that.
Gagner, who is out with back spasms, is Edmonton’s No. 3 centre behind rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and captain Shawn Horcoff.