The self-imposed holiday roster freeze for Brian Burke kicked in Friday, but the Maple Leafs GM might be willing to make moves once it’s lifted. The Leafs could be looking for help in the middle, especially with Tim Connolly struggling with injuries. Columbus C Derick Brassard could be an option. League sources say Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson was spotted at the Marlies game last Saturday in Toronto. Apparently, he was in the corner and didn’t want to be noticed. Brassard has a cap hit of $3.2 million for the next two seasons, so Howson can’t afford to let coach Scott Arniel bury Brassard on the fourth line or in the press box much longer. The situation is going to come to a head and Brassard could certainly make sense for the Leafs … Nobody is sure what’s wrong with the Kings, but they better find their way out of this mess soon. I’m told GM Dean Lombardi has been one of the most aggressive working the phones and is determined to make changes because he certainly can’t afford to miss the playoffs. He’d move W Dustin Penner in a second. When Kings president Tim Leiwicke and Lombardi ate their words and gave D Drew Doughty a king’s ransom, they talked about winning the Stanley Cup. If they miss the playoffs, you have to wonder what’s going to happen in Tinseltown.

8 Responses to RUMOURS DU JOUR

  1. JoelLeafs says:

    Kings missing the playoffs and Minnesota reigning supreme in the West could be some of the biggest surprises of the year.

    Minnesota had less than ninety points last year, and are currently on pace for almost 120 points this year. Though the Kings were only in 7th coming into the playoffs, most saw them as a young team on the rise that made huge acquisitions int he off-season. Very strange…

  2. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Apparently its Kadri for Brassard.

    The plot thickens

  3. MystifoLeafs says:

    Really hope this is not true. I sort of starting to warm up to Kadri. He is looking great in the AHL.

  4. TheLeafNation91 says:

    However, success in the AHL sometimes does not mean success in the NHL. Ask Tlusty.

    I'm not saying I want it to happen, but if it did and Brasssard returns to form, I would not lose sleeo over it.

  5. mapleleafsfan says:

    tlusty is out performing brassard lol.. I'm not interested in him at all. We've spent this much time with kadri keep him unless it's for something substantial. 

  6. Steven_Leafs says:

    agreed, there is no point moving Kadri right now unless he is a piece in a much bigger trade.

  7. mojo19 says:

    Both Tlusty and Brassard are on shit teams.

    Brassard has 2 goals and 3 assists in 21 games, is -9, avg's 14 mins per night.
    Tlusty has 6 goals and 5 assists in 31 games, is -3 and avg's 13 mins per night.

    I wouldn't want either one of them right now. Definitely wouldn't give up assets for either of these guys.

  8. mojo19 says:

    Yo! N/M my last comment, I didn't realize Jiri Tlusty only makes league min. and is on an expiring contract. I would totally pick him up. Brassard earns a ton of $$$ and is performing at a much lower level.

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