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Dan Bylsma, Canucks, Sharks, Devils and Canucks talk

One of the big decisions that some teams still have to make is their coaching section. Last weeks firing of Dan Bylsma means that it is likely that he instantly becomes the front runner to coach in Vancouver, Carolina or Florida. Another possibility to coach in Florida is Ron Wilson, who interviewed for the position last week.

Speaking of the Vancouver Canucks, it has been indicated that new GM Jim Benning wants to bring in a scorer via trade or UFA. Some of the names that are set to become available and who fit the billing as a scorer include Vanek and Gaborik. It was speculated several years ago that Gaborik was interested in playing in Vancouver. If the Canucks are able to trade Kesler and a player such as Edler the Canucks could have a brand new second line. Although it has been recently reported that the Canucks want to hang on to Edler, it is well known that the Red Wings are very interested in him and he could fetch a high price in return.

Do the Leafs have interest in Joe Thornton?

Elliotte Friedman of CBC: writes … 30 Thoughts: Free agency doesn’t offer strong field

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Could the Leafs try to land Joe Thornton

Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun reports that the Leafs are interested in Sharks centre Joe Thornton.

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Leafs active in trade talks.

Are the Leafs shopping Phaneuf?

Already lots of talk about movement in Toronto

Will the Leafs go after the first overall pick?

Damien Cox of thestar.com writes about how the Maple Leafs might want to make a play for Panthers’ No. 1 pick.

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Will Kulemin and Grabovski be a package deal?

Michael Traikos of the National Post reports that Toronto Maple Leafs’ Nikolai Kulemin and Washington Capitals’ Mikhail Grabovski could be a package deal in free agency.

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Nonis to remain as GM

 

Shanahan hire is first step

Leafs set to hire Shanahan

 

Randy Carlyle & management are on the hotseat

 

Big Changes expected in Leaf Land

James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail is reporting that Big changes are afoot after Maple Leafs miss playoffs.

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Leafs taking to Shanahan

 

Is there anyone better than Carlyle out there?

 

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Lofty expectations see Phaneuf under fire as Leafs fade in the playoff race

“It’s been a very trying time for our team,” Phaneuf admitted on Wednesday as he made the rounds on both Toronto sports radio stations. “I was emotional after the game … I was disappointed with the way I played and mistakes that I made.”

Now some of the Phaneuf criticism out there is fair and some of it’s not.

FEAR INFECTING LEAFS AS PLAYOFF HOPES DWINDLE

Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger.

St. Louis was all that and more for most of a cold March night. They dealt the sliding Leafs their sixth straight loss – seven in the past eight games – and a very loud exit from the current playoff picture. Once on firm ground toward a second straight trip to the postseason, Toronto now sits 10th in the East, trailing Columbus and Detroit for the final two wild card spots with only eight games left to play.

Reimer should follow Cammalleri’s lead

James Reimer needs a cup of what Mike Cammalleri is drinking.

You can imagine what went through Cammalleri’s mind after the trade deadline. He’s a scorer, he thinks a contender can use him. Goals are hard to get in the playoffs; everyone clamps down.

He doesn’t go anywhere.

Possible trade options for Leafs Reimer

The market for James Reimer, restricted free agent, is limited. By my count, there are three teams he could start for — Islanders, Buffalo and Calgary. Three teams where he could compete for a starting spot — Winnipeg, Vancouver and Edmonton. All six of those teams will miss the playoffs.

And we have no idea what any of those teams think of him. If the Leafs choose to trade Reimer, and I wouldn’t necessarily do that, don’t expect them to reap much of a price for him. There is more supply than demand in the goaltending game … Sad to report that Roberto Luongo, the only NHL player worth following on Twitter, has decided to scale back on his social media activities. All I can say is @strombone1 please come home soon … Truth in numbers: Three of the 15 finalists for the Wooden Award (Heisman Trophy of basketball) are from the Greater Toronto area. Yet none of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award (Heisman of college hockey) are from the GTA … Not a bad time for Toronto area hockey players in the NHL, though: Wayne Simmonds is having a breakout year in Philadelphia (38 points in his past 35 games); Before he got hurt John Tavares was tearing it up with the Islanders and now Steven Stamkos is doing the same with the Lightning and Tyler Seguin is doing the all-star thing in Dallas. Not to mention what P.K. Subban or Alex Pietrangelo are doing on defence. For an area that has historically come under criticism for not producing players, this is Olympic quality … What Toronto, the city, doesn’t have: A signature local goaltender.

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