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Toronto Maple Leaf News and Rumors
It is no secret that David Clarkson was one of the players rookie Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish went after hard this summer.
When Clarkson signed with Toronto, MacTavish expressed his regret and said that he “thought this guy was an Oiler.” Shortly thereafter, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reported that Clarkson had left money on the table when he signed his seven-year pact worth $36.75 million. LeBrun didn’t report it as fact, but said he suspected the team to make Clarkson an even more lucrative offer was Edmonton.
One suspects that these days the Maple Leafs are wishing the Oilers had won that bidding
Just because he’s coming off the first suspension of his NHL career doesn’t mean opposing players can expect to have their head down when they skate anywhere near Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.
Not unless they want to pay the price.
McKenzie "Nonis is certainly not in blow it up mode. If the right deal comes along for a player like Gardiner they'll make a deal."
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) December 13, 2013
The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to pick up talks with captain Dion Phaneuf on a new contract this week, if negotiations haven’t resumed already.
Interesting name potentially in play is Shawn Matthias in Florida. If Leafs looking to change forward mix, he's big and can play centre.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) December 11, 2013
The Leafs’ previously kicked the tires of Dallas Stars centre Vernon Fiddler, whom Stars GM Jim Nill said is no longer on the block.
The Isles’ disappointing Pierre-Marc Bouchard hit the waiver wire Monday, but his $2 million price tag might be too steep.
Dreger "what I know, is that the Leafs are among the most active in looking to make moves. Nonis is prepared to do anything"
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) December 9, 2013
It seems Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf could be in some hot water.
According to reports late Sunday, Phaneuf will have a hearing with the league — likely of the phone variety, but you never know — over an incident involving Bruins defenceman Kevan Miller during Boston’s 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.
Not all the talk at the NHL’s board of governors meeting Monday in Pebble Beach will surround the formal agenda.
Trade talk is also on the table.
With only the Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers willing to throw in the towel on making the playoffs, three league executives told QMI Agency this week that the chatter has heated up and those discussions will continue when the 30 teams gather.
Dreger "he's a solid def forward who has been slotted in that role. There is always trade interest in Kulemin & he'll be an attractive UFA"
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) December 4, 2013
Kypreos and Friedman think the Leafs are willing to move Gardiner to bring in a center. Both "how could you not?"
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) December 3, 2013
David Clarkson saw red on Monday, but would not let any anger at a possible line change spew to the surface.
When the Maple Leafs emerged from a hard-to-watch video session preceding their first practice after four straight losses, the pricey winger was wearing the rouge of a checking line, with Carter Ashton and Trevor Smith. Nikolai Kulemin had switched positions with Clarkson on the second line with centre Nazem Kadri and Mason Raymond.
The human conundrum that is Jake Gardiner may end up challenging the relationship between Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle and general manager Dave Nonis.
On one side is Carlyle, often frustrated by Gardiner’s play and decision making, not committed to playing the young defenceman every night and in every situation.