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Toronto Maple Leaf News and Rumors
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.
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.
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.
Darren Dreger: You can add the Toronto Maple Leafs to the list of many teams who have expressed interest and have talked to Vancouver Canucks’ mangement about Ryan Kesler, but as Bob identifies, the asking price is very, very lofty.
The belief around the Maple Leafs is that no trade of the blockbuster variety will be made prior to the 3 p.m. ET deadline on Wednesday, and that feeling is shared among the players.
In Toronto, Dave Bolland is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. How are negotiations going there, and what are the chances he’s still a Maple Leaf on March 6?
The future of Dave Bolland, and whether it’s with the Maple Leafs, should become clear in the coming weeks.
Certainly, we’ll know before the NHL trade deadline on March 5.
Joffrey Lupul and Nazem Kadri are leading a resurgence of secondary scoring for the Leafs — but will it be enough to carry the team past the upcoming Olympic roster freeze and trade deadline?
Possibly yes, and possibly no.
In addition, Toronto has two more players — David Clarkson and Frazer McLaren — ready to return to the active roster from injury as well. Those four returnees will take the roster from 21 to 25, over the 23-man limit.
So where do things stand between Nazem Kadri and the Maple Leafs?
Here’s the best way to put it: The Leafs haven’t put a ‘For Sale’ sign on Kadri yet, but they are entertaining offers for the young centreman and not discouraging anyone from making them.
And the surprise to date: The large number of teams kicking tires on Kadri and appear to have some interest.
Somewhat curiously, the name of Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri made its way into the rumor mill earlier this season when it was suggested the Leafs would be willing to trade him.
That portion of the mill isn’t going to stop spinning after Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis made an appearance on TSN Radion in Toronto on Thursday. He talked about the potential of trades with a couple of the names that have been mentioned with Kadri of course being one of them.
In the summer of 2016, unless he extends his contract between now and then, Stamkos will be an unrestricted free agent. There are those who believe that playing for the Leafs would be a dream for Stamkos, although you often hear that about this player or that player.
Still, the attraction of going home helped the Leafs sign David Clarkson, whether you like that one or not.
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.
TSN Hockey analyst Bob McKenzie said on TSN Drive with Dave Naylor that he believes Nonis will trade forward Nazem Kadri or defenceman Jake Gardiner if Nonis acknowledges that head coach Randy Carlyle will not use those players. However, McKenzie notes that before the trading either Kadri or Gardiner the Leafs would have to be sure they are staying with Carlyle as coach long-term. McKenzie adds Nonis currently has no appetite for a coaching change but could make one if the Leafs continue to struggle.
It appears all but certain that Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis will have to make a decision before the National Hockey League trade deadline this year:
Nazem Kadri or Randy Carlyle.
Should Nonis choose Door No. 1 – to retain Kadri and continue his development – he’ll almost certainly have to find a new coach. If it’s Door No. 2, and Carlyle remains behind the Leafs bench beyond this season, Kadri will pack up and be out of town on or before Mar. 5.
Most people think the Pittsburgh Penguins will dangle defenceman Simon Despres to get a forward at the NHL trade deadline because they have Derrick Pouliot, who was outstanding in the world junior hockey championship, coming and they like blue-liner Brian Dumoulin, who they acquired in the Jordan Staal trade.
The Maple Leafs have expressed previous interest in Del Zotto, but both Jake Gardiner and Cody Franson, the Toronto defensemen who’d been mentioned as potential parties of the other part, had dreadful games and do not excite the Rangeers as return in a potential trade.
Barring more injuries, the Leafs are probably done trading until the deadline. Nonis already added Peter Holland from Anaheim earlier this season. And Nazem Kadri? Despite the rumours, he’s no more available than he was at the start of the season. If some team comes calling and offering a centre in his early twenties, the Leafs will listen.