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Maple Leafs’ John Tavares playing exactly as advertised

Winning free agency doesn’t always equate to winning hockey, although it’s been a long while since the NHL had a free agent like John Tavares.

Still, it isn’t difficult to concoct a scenario where things might not have gone so well for a 28-year-old arriving into hockey’s largest market with the league’s second-highest cap hit and sky-high expectations.

And yet, through the first segment of games the Toronto Maple Leafs have played with Tavares, he’s come exactly as advertised and been worth every penny of the $15-million he was paid in a signing bonus on the afternoon he chose Toronto over five other free-agent finalists.

https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/maple-leafs-john-tavares-playing-exactly-advertised/

Leafs would be better off if they signed Nylander going into 2019

One of the leagues best teams this year, the Toronto Maple Leafs will have to make a tough decision in the next week with regards to unsigned young sniper William Nylander. It is well known that the Leafs have set a December the first, 2018 date to either sign with the team or sit out the season. The other option, that remains a possibility is a trade. It would seem a little silly for the Leafs to let Nylander, or his trade value, sit on the sidelines for the entire season when they are having one of the best seasons in years. Websites such as  https://casino-bonus.com/new-casino-sites/ should do odds on if he will sign, how much for or if he will be traded.

Leafs weigh trade options with cash to burn

Having put Joffrey Lupul, Stephane Robidas and Nathan Horton on long-term injured reserve at the beginning of the season, the Maple Leafs have more than $13 million in cap space to work with in the midst of a playoff race.

“We will just have to wait and see if there are any opportunities,” the typically tight-lipped GM said Sunday. “You make a call, you get a call. It’s nothing new. It’s that time of the year.”

While his team took off Sunday for a three-game trip to California, starting Tuesday in San Jose, Lamoriello remained in Toronto to deal with possible trades.

https://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2017/02/26/leafs-weigh-trade-options-with-cash-to-burn.html

Leafs, Jackets and Oilers interested in Boyle

Brian, 32, could be in his final week in a Lightning uniform, depending on how things develop at the March 1 trade deadline.

Boyle, who can be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is drawing interest from several teams looking for a versatile veteran for a playoff push.

The Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets (with Boyle’s former Rangers coach, John Tortorella) are reportedly among the suitors. So are the Oilers, which the Lightning hosts Tuesday.

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/hockey/lightning/brian-boyle-target-of-trade-rumors-wants-to-stay-with-lightning/2313751

Leafs looking for defense

For the most part, Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello and coach Mike Babcock have been quick to come to the defence of their defence this season.

That continues to be the public stance as the team prepares for what it hopes will be a serious and successful playoff run. In reality, however, defence remains the biggest area of concern, as it has been throughout this breakthrough Leafs season.

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/02/05/defence-continues-to-be-maple-leafs-weak-spot

Dreger on Shattenkirk rumours, possible fit in Toronto

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joins Naylor and Landsberg to discuss the possibility of the Maple Leafs trading for Kevin Shattenkirk, if he is a good fit in Toronto and which coaches are on the hot seat.

http://www.tsn.ca/video/dreger-on-shattenkirk-rumours-possible-fit-in-toronto%7E1039672

Could the Leafs look at Michael Stone?

“Probably the guy who is going to get a lot of attention, and he doesn’t get a lot right now, is Michael Stone in Arizona. He’s an unrestricted free agent after this year. Pretty decent player. I think he’s a name you’re going to hear a lot.

“It’s interesting. It sounds like a lot of teams are trying to get their hands on Brandon Carlo, the young defenseman from Boston, but so far they’ve resisted Jacob Trouba and Gabriel Landeskog deals for him. So that tells you that if you want a young player or a young player with term, it’s going to cost you and it’s going to cost you big.

“But a rental like a guy like Michael Stone? You’re right. I’m not sure the Leafs will want to pay that price because even though I think they’re going for it as a team this year, they still do look at the big picture.”

http://www.fanragsports.com/nhl/friedman-examines-expensive-nhl-trade-market-defensemen/

Big brag out of Toronto? Auston Matthews is better than Connor McDavid

This just in, a big brag out of Toronto, that Auston Matthews of the Leafs is a better player than Connor McDavid of the Oilers. It comes by way of writer Nicholas Frost of the Editor in Leaf hockey blog.
“I will stay silent no more!” Frost announces. “Auston Matthews is better than Connor McDavid.”
Why such a claim? Frost gives three reasons.

Read the claims here

Could the Leafs swing a deal for Dougie Hamilton

The rumor is still Kadri for Hamilton, however, one source tells me the Leafs will pitch for Hamilton even if Kadri isn’t involved.

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=81582

Leafs willing to trade JVR

He’s not being shopped but Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk and his contract is a valuable asset other teams would love to get their hands on.
“The name JVR has been out there the last little while,” said Nick Kypreos on the Headlines segment Saturday. “I can tell you there’s nothing going on in terms of hard offers but teams are asking about him and the Leafs are willing to listen. They know that he wants a long-term deal and that’s a deal that can start negotiations as early as July.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/maple-leafs-willing-listen-trade-offers-van-riemsdyk/

Rumors of a potential van Riemsdyk trade

Are the Leafs looking to move van Riemsdyk?

Leafs trying to trade Holland