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Toronto Maple Leaf News and Rumors

Rumblings: Could Kiprusoff go to Toronto?

Interesting news Monday evening with a source confirming to ESPN.com that the Calgary Flames have given permission to the Toronto Maple Leafs to speak to Miikka Kiprusoff’s camp about a contract extension.

My TSN colleague Aaron Ward was first to report the news.

Kiprusoff has one more year on his deal next season, which pays only $1.5 million (although it counts $5.8 million against the salary cap), and the suspicion here is that the 36-year-old netminder would sign off on a trade to Toronto only if he can get another year out of it financially.

Leafs interested in Keith Yandle, Dmitri Kulikov and Jay Bouwmeester

Meanwhile the Leafs reportedly continue to look at bolstering their top four on the blue line. Names such as Keith Yandle, Dmitri Kulikov and Jay Bouwmeester have been linked to the Leafs in various web reports. Bouwmeester’s $6.6 million US ticket through 2014 seems a bit pricy.

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/04/01/is-leafs-bozak-headed-to-vancouver-for-luongo

Do you think a Luongo for Bozak trade would be fair for both teams?

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Is Luongo for bozak a fair deal for both teams?

Is Leafs’ Bozak headed to Vancouver for Luongo?

According to Vancouver Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman, the Luongo trade chatter is becoming more than just web scuttlebutt.

“Mike is in discussions with multiple teams … Talks are beyond the tire-kicking stage,” Gilman told the Vancouver media referring to Canucks general manager Mike Gillis.

Various reports from the left coast suggest Leafs centre Tyler Bozak is in the mix. Bozak will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

RUMOURS DU JOUR

The Leafs have been sniffing around the NHL’s goalie market and have held talks with the Canucks regarding Roberto Luongo. While Vancouver has always coveted centre Tyler Bozak to help shore up the middle, it will be interesting to see if this deal can get done. Getting Luongo would help the Leafs stabilize their goaltending for the next six years.

Luongo to the Leafs still a possibility

 

Vancouver needs to bulk up at centre — and Roberto Luongo is the only ace up general manager’s sleeve

This brings us back to Luongo. Years of suspect drafting and trading picks, by this regime and the one that preceded it, has left the Canucks without a bankroll of prospects from which to purchase help at the deadline.

They can’t afford to trade Nicklas Jensen or Brendan Gaunce or Frank Corrado or this year’s first-round pick. Who they can afford to lose is Luongo.

Are the Leafs interested in Kipper?

 

What the Leafs, Caps and Jets teams could do at the Trade Deadline

Toronto Maple Leafs: The Leafs are in the market for a center and possibly a defensemen. It’s possible they won’t have to add on defense if Jake Gardiner proves he can stick around this time and make a difference. But the Leafs definitely are thin at center and could use help there, especially if they want to get back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2004. One name being floated in Toronto is Mike Ribeiro, but it’s not clear what the Washington Capitals want to do with him. He is due to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

Are you surprised that Mike Komisarek cleared waivers with all of the teams looking for help on D.

Komisarek
Are you surprised that Mike Komisarek cleared waivers with all of the teams looking for help on D.

Another Luongo to the Leafs rumor

 

Which player do you think the Leafs should go after?

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Who do you think the Leafs should go after?

The Maple Leafs have placed Mike Komisarek on waivers.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed Mike Komisarek on waivers.

Nonis on trade deadline: “We’re going to be in the mix”

 

Maple Leafs’ Mikhail Grabovski in coach Randy Carlyle’s doghouse

For Randy Carlyle, the problems facing Mikhail Grabovski can’t be measured in numbers.

The struggling Maple Leafs centre found himself on the third line on Monday at practice, and though that could change before the Leafs entertain the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, it’s clear that Grabovski has some work to do to unleash himself from Carlyle’s doghouse.

And the quickest way for Grabovski to do that? Start putting forth a better effort.

Leafs interested in Ribero?

 

Corey Perry’s name is the name that has surfaced on talk surrounding the Leafs with regards to trade or off-season moves.

But another name making the rounds around the Leafs is Mike Ribeiro, a top-six centre.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Three things they can do to turn it around

Here’s a look at three ways they can break their slump and bolster their drive for a playoff berth:

Goaltending

Give James Reimer the task of leading the team over the remainder of the schedule.

Both Reimer and Ben Scrivens have improved this season. But the season is now at a desperate stage, and every team in the Eastern Conference seems to have elevated its game.

Time to trade?

Corey Perry’s name is the name that has surfaced on talk surrounding the Leafs with regards to trade or off-season moves.

But another name making the rounds around the Leafs is Mike Ribeiro, a top-six centre.

The Leafs are said to be interested in adding a centre and a top-four defenceman.

No more excuses

Toronto will be hard-pressed to hang onto a playoff berth if it allows defensive coverage lapses to continue.

They must prevent disasters like that four-goal second period Saturday night against Winnipeg. Good teams, playoff teams, manage those blips down to a goal or two at most. Toronto has to start looking like a playoff team defensively; it certainly has the offensive weapons to make a serious post-season bid.

http://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2013/03/17/toronto_maple_leafs_three_things_they_can_do_to_turn_it_around.html

Leafs still in market for D upgrade and a big 2nd\3rd line centre

 

Bozak and MacArthur not likely to get moved. Canes have Jokinen available

Don’t expect Leafs GM Dave Nonis to mess with a good thing. Toronto has excellent chemistry under coach Randy Carlyle which means neither centre Tyler Bozak nor left winger Clarke MacArthur — both UFA’s — likely won’t be going anywhere.

Leafs could be buyers and sellers at trade deadline

This year’s deadline is scheduled for April 3 — a mere 12 games before the end of the season — so teams should know if they are buyers or sellers. But for the Leafs, the decision-making process could be a little more complicated since they could be buying and selling.

Will Nonis try and dump the team’s highly paid healthy scratches? Will he try to turn some of the pending unrestricted free agents into draft picks? Will he try and acquire a top-line centre such as Colorado’s Paul Stastny to push the Leafs from a bubble team to a contender?