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Toronto Maple Leaf News and Rumors
The Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs have reportedly been engaged in trade discussions again this season, and talks could pick up steam between now and the trade deadline.
For their part, the Maple Leafs say they are refusing to look ahead to the Feb. 29 trade deadline, even knowing the roster may be significantly overhauled in the next 40 days.
“I try not to think about that,” forward P.A. Parenteau said after Tuesday’s morning skate. “I’ve said from Day 1 this season that I’m taking it day by day and game by game. That’s the mentality that I’m going to try to keep through the end of the year.”
Here in mid-January, it’s clear three clubs — Toronto, Buffalo and Columbus — will be sellers at the trade deadline, and pretty evident Edmonton will be, too.
Of those clubs, Leaf winger Leo Komarov and his 16 goals may be the most appealing asset available. Komarov, 28, has two more years at an affordable $2.95 million cap hit, and has shown this season he can play in the top six on the Leafs, and definitely in the top nine of a better club.
Had Brian Burke been hired a few months earlier in the summer of 2008, his first choice for Leaf coach would have been Joel Quenneville.
— Gord Stellick (@GordStellick) January 15, 2016
Head coach Mike Babcock dropped some clues on Hockey Central at Noon Thursday, when he specifically named seven players who have impressed him through the first half of the season.
Not named by Babcock? Centre Tyler Bozak, who thriving this season in spite of Phil Kessel‘s absence, and sniper James van Riemsdyk, now sidelined for weeks with a broken foot.
“Van Riemsdyk, I think other teams would love to get their hands on him.,” Friedman said. “I’ve had a couple of teams tell me that they’ve asked and been told he’s not available. So the price is very high for him.”
Kypreos says that Kadri wouldn't be a good trade piece for Drouin because Yzerman would want someone younger.
— Platinum Seat Ghosts (@3rdPeriodSuits) January 14, 2016
At least two NHL teams have called the Maple Leafs to inquire about defenceman Roman Polak and found the asking price way too high. With less than two months to the trade deadline, NHL voices say GM Lou Lamoriello has priced his players very high at this point in time. Expect that price to come down closer to the end of February. Polak is the perfect kind of playoff addition contending teams are looking for
FROM THE USATODAY.COM Drouin would be perfect for the rebuilding Maple Leafs to add to their stable of young forwards that includes Mitch Marner, William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen. He could play now, under the tutelage of coach Mike Babcock and be a significant addition to the team’s rebuilding process. The Maple Leafs have been collecting young assets, and could easily part ways with one if they recognize Drouin as a potential game-changer. Drouin also was born in Quebec and played for the Halifax Mooseheads in Nova Scotia.
If it’s true and Matt Duchene is available, the Leafs should be all over the Avalanche in trying to make a deal. The Avs need defence badly. I’d move Dion Phaneuf and Kadri for Duchene in a heartbeat and even eat a little salary if need be. Would you do that? Would Joe Sakic?
The question Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock must be asking himself: Why aren’t these guys getting my message?
The coach beats himself up after losses like Saturday’s 4-0 decision to Pittsburgh.
“I don’t care what you do for a living, if you have kids. Every day is not easy. You’re supposed to respond,” Babcock said. “To me, the greatest thing about sport, it mirrors life and the teams you want to watch and the teams that you’re proud of to be associated with, they just keep coming. No matter what happens, they’ve got people who step up and respond.
By the end of the night it was clear that changes are in the air — with the precise details to be filled in soon. If Froese stays, one of Holland or Arcobello presumably has to be sent down … and Froese is definitely staying.
This is Babcock starting to shape the Leafs roster.
Free agency rumour: Toronto Maple Leafs to sign Cody Franson (and not the Edmonton Oilers)
Leafs trade Kessel to Penguins in multi-player deal