NHL Sunday Toronto Maple Leafs looking for help up front, could be willing to unload a defenceman

Dave Nonis is described as patient.

His is being put to the test big-time by the Toronto Maple Leafs. After falling out of a playoff position, league sources say the club’s GM has been working the phones hard trying to find some depth up front to help the struggling club.

To get assistance, Nonis will likely have to move a defenceman and since Dion Phaneuf just signed a seven-year, $49-million extension he isn’t going anywhere. The names of Carl Gunnarsson and Jake Gardiner could be trade bait.

At the very least, it’s all intruiging.

The second most-active GM to trying make a deal: Pittsburgh’s Ray Shero and he has been dangling prospects because of all the injuries the club has had. He is looking to move a young defenceman for a forward.


77 Responses to NHL Sunday Toronto Maple Leafs looking for help up front, could be willing to unload a defenceman

  1. LN91 says:

    Majority rules.

    • HABSdomination says:

      So I guess the point your are stupidly trying to make is that: this website should be NOTHING but Leafs fans talking about how Kadri-for-Bobby Ryan would’ve been a much smarter trade idea and how the Kessel deal ended up being the best thing to happen to this club and how Burke got the better end of the deal and so on and so forth? Oh, and combined with empty articles regarding the Leafs and Leafs only and editors trying to find solutions for problems that don’t exist within the Leafs organization or just plain writing an article about shit everyone and their mother knows, like the one we’re all comenting on right now? Good thinking shit-for-brains, good thinking! LOL

      • lafleur10 says:

        HABSdomination welcome to my fellow habs fan lol it’s been lonely here lol but yeah you gte that all the time here they think that kadri and gardiner will get them booby ryan ,tavares,doughty etc ad when you call them out on it they’ll get all pissed off and give you an assinine reason why this is fair and they ”l tell you how great they are and how terrible we are they don’t look at the standings etc.. and the fact that bergevin is doing a way better job than nonis! i told them when burke made tat kessel deal he got raped which he did i stand by that today it was a terrible deal for them seguin is the 31 center they have been looking for and he’s 10x better than bozak will ever be the’s scoring as much as kessel is now is younger a more complete player and has won the cup! plus the bruins also got dougie hamilton in that trade a top 4 defenceman that would upgrade their defence 10 fold!

        • HABSdomination says:

          Dude, while I understand your excitement and while I agree with the majority of your statement, please read yourself before posting!! 😉 Kessel is good though, no doubt about it I’d love to have him on my roster, my point was just that, what they lost for him greatly outweighs what they got with him. Alls I’m saying. Any Leafs fan, or hockey fan for that matter, that disagrees with my statement doesn’t know jack shit about the sport. Period.

          • lafleur10 says:

            i don’t disageree with what your saying in the least the fact is leafs fans think they won the kessel deal

          • leafmeister says:

            Don’t waste your time. Lafleur is vehemently against proof reading.

            I don’t want to waste anymore time talking about the Kessel trade, especially since Boston already dealt the main part of it, after they won a cup, so that is that. It really kind of trumps any counter argument. Unless Kessel leads the Leafs to multiple cups, but there is a long way between here and potentially getting there.

          • leafs_wallace93 says:

            HABSdomination conceded that Kessel is ‘good’…. sighing in relief… I no longer have to doubt Kessel’s ability, good…. good.

      • lafleur10 says:

        also it was said on here by a few leafs fans when kadri played in the wjc that he was as good as taylor hall was and would be better than jordan eberle hahaha that was a joke he couldn’t tape either of those guys sticks on any given day! they will also tell you how great bernier is and he’s better than price which is a crock he’s no where near price,price is elite bernier isn’t he just above average nothing more..same with riemer they talk him like he’s patrick roy when he’ allen bester 2.0

        • HABSdomination says:

          Carey Price is a very good goaltender. But an elite goaltender he is not quite yet. He is, without the shadow of a doubt, the best Canadian-born goaltender at this time but there are remarquable goalies out there right now. Bernier is pretty good actually, so is Reimer. The Leafs have a positive problem with these goalies. Whatever they decide, only time will tell if it was the right decision. But they can definately trade either one of them for equal assets or better.

  2. leafy says:

    That’s the way it is. The Leafs are a top brand. It’s like Heinz ketchup. Top brand name. You wanna eat Elmer or President’s choice ketchup? Of course not. Well same thing in hockey. Leafs are like Coca cola, Kellogg’s, Hewlett-packard, Sony, Gucci, etc.

    • HABSdomination says:

      The more you write, the more i get the sense that you’re one of those bubble people that have no immunitary system and that live in a restrained enclosure…. Either that or you’re the classic delusionnal douchebag Leafs fan!! Take your pick! But hey, if my team hadn’t won a cup in 547 years and given away top-of-the-league prospects in half-assed, hangover deals, I guess I’d try and redeem myself by calling said hockey club: “top brand Coca-Cola” when the rest of the world drinks Pepsi. “Top brand”…..LOLOLOLOL, just another idiot who thinks that, since they bring in the more money(mainly because they are in a different economic demographic with comparable salary and real estate being that much higher in the Toronto area), their team is the shit! Well, I’m just going to go dust my 24 stanley cup habs poster downstairs while you think about a nifty remark….

      • leafy says:

        No, Coke outsells Pepsi. Coke is the real thing. I only drink coke.

      • leafmeister says:

        He didn’t make an qualitative claims about how the hockey team plays. He said that, for better or for worse, they are the most valuable team, and have the most fans, while trying to explain to you why this site is dominated by Leaf articles. So he was really just trying to be nice.

      • mojo19 says:

        The Leafs have the most fans world wide. That’s just a fact. Have fun living in our shadow.

        Also, Coke is actually the most recognized brand name, world wide.

        Leafs = Coke
        habs = Pepsi

        • lafleur10 says:

          they don’t ahve the most fans world wide mojo give your head a collective shake the montreal canadiens are the most popular nhl team in the world because of the 24 stanley cups they’ve won ask most russina players where they’d want to play and the answer is almost uninamous montreal the leafs aren’t even canada’s favorite team… toronto is the biggest province in canada sure but with all the other provinces combined there are more habs fan there than there are leafs fans.

        • lafleur10 says:

          and if anything the leafs are living in our shadow we get enjoy our 24 stanley cups and what do the leafs get to enjoy….well
          almost nothing because for almost 50 years they’ve been losers…that’s a fact that can’t be ignored or argued
          what exactly have they won in 47 years
          jack shit!

        • lafleur10 says:

          the habs logo is the most recognizable logo in the world

          • LN91 says:

            Oh yeah, the Habs logo trumps the Yankees logo lafleur. Get your shit together.

          • mapleleafsfan says:

            Omg this is the best Lafluer comment to date! Hahahahahaha. You honestly believe anyone in the world outside of Canada, the Northern US and about 5-6 European countries have A CLUE who the habs are? LOL! Yea, go to Africa, show them a Habs logo and show them a Man-U logo. Who will they recognize? LOL ya the habs for sure. Same for the ENTIRE CONTINENT OF ASIA. The habs the most recognizable logo in the world! Amazing. The Yankees made almost quadruple the money the habs did last year, where do you think that money comes from? FANS. Friggen Japanese people could call a yankees logo from a mile a way, They might think the Habs are a college baseball team. Most of the world probably doesn’t even know where Montreal is on a map, let alone who their hockey team is. LOL. Love it.

  3. leafs_wallace93 says:

    There was a time when there was a bunch of Hab fans on this site and it was a bit more fun. It’s community driven so you could write something and contribute, I mean clearly you write quite eloquently.

  4. lafleur10 says:

    well we need habs fans on here …more of them like me ,you wallace below is right there just isn’t many left …not like there used to be when timthebone ,habsstar,plekanec(the notorious) careyprice31 etc were on here now it seems like it’s just me,and me alone fighting with leafs fans on here to bad we couldn’t get those guys back on here or get new habs fans that would be cool

    • I’m a Ranger Fan. I don’t think I have 1 person here to join in the Ranger talk. At least you’re not alone… *Sad fan is sad*

      • lafleur10 says:

        i m because all the habs fans on here disappeared habsstar,plekanec(the notorious) timthebone careyprice31, all used to be regulars here…plus a few more too like doubledown are some of the habs fans i remeber being here now it seems i’m a lone too

      • HABSdomination says:

        Well, the Rangers could go places if they had the proper core. I place them in the same category as the Flyers: a team that constantly searches for it’s identity with a powerful and a lot of the times clumsy GM. But both these teams are solid and could, out of the blue, go very far in the playoffs.

  5. kessel_leafs81 says:

    i could pretend to be a habs fan if you guys want? ill just start chirping the leafs saying they suck (which they do lately), and bashing all trade ideas. Go ahead try to make an offer ill comment and bash it like a true habs fan.

  6. LN91 says:

    So, a team probably needs 90 points to make the playoffs…

    If applying that theory, the Anaheim Ducks need 15 points in the next 34 games (68 possible points) to reach that benchmark.

    Incredible season, this team is very, very good.

    • lafleur10 says:

      yup you are right.. the ducks have to hope getzlaf isn’t out for an extended period of time if he is they’ll still get their but it won’t be as fast they are a very good team with 4 lines and a goaltender and a mobile defence
      as it stand now the teams in the east with the except of pittsburgh (they are a lock) to make it will.will all need at least 94 points i believe to make it so far i think the top 4 teams in the east will get it after that i think 90 will be the benchmark for 5- 8

    • leafy says:

      I like to make bold predictions. I say L.A. will take Anaheim in a playoff series. Despite the points, very similar caliber teams, but LA has the goaltending.

      Don’t count out Chicago of course. I refuse to pick San Jose until they show they can win in the clutch.

      Also, expect the NY Rangers to make a move up the NHL standings. They are playing better and ARE better than they’re record indicates. You read it here first.

  7. leafy says:

    The Leafs are cooking up a big trade for Gunnarson or Gardiner. See Sportsnet.

  8. HABSdomination says:

    They should be in the market for Kane AND Byfuglien. While II see and realize big Buff’s flaws, man I like the idea of him on my lineup, and so should Leafs fans! The only trouble is the Jets are banking on Pavelec(mistake in my opinion). If they weren’t, Bernier or Reimer could be involved in a possible big trade between these 2 teams….

  9. leafy says:

    This site is stagnating. To add some excitement, I’ll throw this out there for discussion.

    Gunnarrson and Kulemin are a waste of 2 roster spots. While not terrible, they both play under the radar with their very unspectacular hockey.

    Ship these two out of time while they still have some trade value.

    • mojo19 says:

      That’s the least intelligent comment you’ve posted in a while, Leafy. I know you were only doing it to be controversial, so I won’t judge.

    • mapleleafsfan says:

      Agreed. This site is dead. There are more troll and flame posts than anything worth reading. There are two non-leaf posters and only one of them is reasonable. Half the Leafs fans posts are just flaming. The discussion used to be good on here, now it’s like the Chernobyl of hfboards.

  10. doorman says:

    I welcome and hope for more fans of other teams to add to debates and discussions. That being said a little couth & respect to other members and the site is always a good idea. If there are ways you feel it can be improved, well tell someone respectfully. This site used to be great, but there were never the high number of personal insults thrown around. I would venture to guess this has added to the decrease in site participation. Don’t get me wrong I have a sense of humour and appreciate a little ballbusting as much as anyone, but some of the comments made are well asinine.

    • realistic_leafs_fan says:

      Totally agreed doorman. I would like to read some opinions from other teams fans as well, but as you suggest, who would want to post on a site where they are likely to be called a “moron” (most popular on here) every time they post something? I’m sure we will get some rainbow flag comments after this.lol

  11. leafy says:

    I’m hearing all sorts of rumors.

  12. leafy says:

    Gardiner for Gagner maybe is baking right now. The website won’t let me post the link.

  13. LN91 says:

    Lafleur, you make fun of player comparisons…Yet, it’s a two-way street.


    – Weren’t you not the one that suggested a few years back that Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn would lead the Habs to the cup?

    – Cammalleri is a more elite player then Kessel.

    – David Fischer was going to be a formidable top-4 defencemen.

    – Habs won the Gomez trade.

    – Kyle Chipchura was going to be a top-6 player.

    It’s a two-way street, so laugh all you want because I remember your comparisons and comments well from a few years back!!!

    • lafleur10 says:

      first of all i never said sergei and ndrei kostisyn would lead to a cup i said the were better than antflop and ponikarovsky which they were..cammaleeri at the time was a better player than kessel and the numbers proved iti said fischer was a bust and wasn’t ahhpty with that pick i never said the habs won the gomez trade unlike leafs fans who said they won the kessel trade and lost that trade in a landslideisaid back ehn in the gomez trade that we were lucky we didn’t give up suban who we had in the syastem at the same time as macdonagh ,i was the only habs fan that said he would be better than macdonagh and i was righti never said once that chipchurra was a top 6 player
      it’s funny you claim to remeber them when i never said those things1 however i remeber you saying on here that kadri was going to be as good as taylor hall and jordan eberle i also remember telling you to have some class when chara almost killed pacioretty and you made fun of that1

      • lafleur10 says:

        i ll call you out on this go back in the archives and find were i supposedly said this go find it if you claimed i said i know what i said and i never said any of that
        so prove it if you claim i said it i’m calling you on it! go into the archives and prove it

        • mapleleafsfan says:

          Remember when Leblanc was better than Kadri?

          • lafleur10 says:

            remember when kadri was better than galchenyuk?

            • mapleleafsfan says:

              LOL no one said that you plug. You came on here and asked who would we rather have, and we all said Gally. Grasping at straws bro. Remember when the habs were more popular than Real Madrid? LOL

              • lafleur10 says:

                remeber when kadri was better than hall and eberle it was said on here … you plug

                • mapleleafsfan says:

                  Lol link it please? You just make facts up and say we said them. That Galchenyuk comment proves my point.

                  Hey, have you ever heard of Chelsea? Small soccer team in a little town called London. Not quite Habs/Montreal though.

                  • lafleur10 says:

                    nope not a soccer fan i could careless about about that sport! i wouldn’t waste a minute watching that sport or care to know anything about that sport..i’d rather watch paint dry

                  • lafleur10 says:

                    hey have you ever heard of the chicago cubs? a baseball team in the major leagues thier shittiness only rivals yours in terms of non championship years!i think you guys are second only 2 them

                    • mapleleafsfan says:

                      Nice! you told me!

                      They’re also a more popular team than the habs. Doubled their revenue, and worth a quarter billion dollars more. Kinda surprising considering the habs have “The most recognizable logo in the world”! Gold.

                    • LN91 says:

                      lafleur…The Leafs have won 0 cups with 30 teams in the league?

                      How many have the Habs won?

          • lafleur10 says:

            remember when gardiner was subban’s equal?

            • lafleur10 says:

              ln91… they didn’t win it when their were 16 teams in the league,then with 21 teams in the league so what’s your point their shitty and will never win it face the facts the habs have won 10 since your last one

              • LN91 says:

                Who cares? I want to win titles in general and neither has done that in a long time

                I do not reference the Blue Jays World Series wins two-decades ago because they still have not won.

      • lafleur10 says:

        first of all i never said sergei aand andrei kostisyn would lead to a cup i said the were better than antroflop and ponikarovsky which they were..cammalleriri at the time was a better player than kessel and the numbers proved it i said fischer was a bust and wasn’t happy with that pick i never said the habs won the gomez trade unlike leafs fans who said they won the kessel trade and lost that trade in a landslideisaid back ehn in the gomez trade that we were lucky we didn’t give up subban who we had in the system at the same time as macdonagh ,i was the only habs fan that said he would be better than macdonagh and i was right i never said once that chipchurra was a top 6 player i said he could be a solid 3 -4 line center with some size something we never had at the time
        it’s funny you claim to remember them when i never said those things1 however i remember you saying on here that kadri was going to be as good as taylor hall and jordan eberle i also remember telling you to have some class when chara almost killed pacioretty and you made fun of that!

      • LN91 says:

        First of all, you did say the Kostitsyn’s were going to be superstars…And they never were.

        Also, if you want to take it to that route…Antropov crushed either Andrei or Sergei in every stat in the league. Not to mention…A better PPG then either brother, more games played, more goals then both brothers combined, more assists then both brothers combined. Explain yourself?

        Kessel was always the better option.

        You said Fischer would be an integral piece to the Habs D, how else would I know the name?

        You say it now, but you said that Gomez was a steal because of his production in NJD.

        I never compared Kadri to anyone…I never liked the guy, and I wanted him gone years ago. That has been evident throughout the years.

        I did poke a joke with Pacioretty and Chara…However, I do remember telling you to have some class when you constantly make fun of Kessel’s cancer that could have killed him.

        Like I said, it’s a two-way street. So, start realizing that you are as bad as any other Leaf fan.

  14. lafleur10 says:

    well you finally woke up and admitted they are the most storied franchise in the history of the league …and the leafs will never ever come close to them the habs have the most cups,most hall of famers, most retired numbers, the only reasonthey have a bigger fanbase is becauuse they are the biggest province in canada the habs have sold out all of there games too since way back to the forum days…
    it’s funny though that the leafs don’t have the biggest arena seat wise in the league you’d think they would

  15. newfie11 says:

    Haha this is awesome. A bag of pucks is worth more then any bum on the maple leafs roster. Habs all the way

  16. leafs_wallace93 says:

    I’m going to say it, at 4.2 million, I’m liking Bozak, could live with Kadri as the odd man out, Bolland on the 3rd line and Bozak filling in second line duties if/when we find a true # 1.

  17. Gambo says:

    Yeah enough of this habs vs leafs dick measuring contest. I agree it would be nice to have some new members of different fan bases, but saying shit like “a bag of pucks is worth more than any bum on the maple leafs roster” is just stupid. Neither the habs or Leafs are that good. End of story.

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