Some Leaf Rumours

Hossa a possible target

A hot new rumour has surfaced pertaining to the Maple Leafs.

According to Don Brennan of Slam Sports, the rumour involves a possible trade between the Leafs and Thrashers.

The Leafs would send the overpaid and enigmatic Bryan McCabe to Atlanta for star forward Marian Hossa, who is slated to become an UFA in the summer.

The article does not elaborate if any more players would be involved in the trade.

My take is that McCabe alone would not be enough to land a player like Hossa. Another player would almost certainly have to be included in the deal, and no, Wade Belak or John Pohl will not cut it.

Of course, all this is assuming that the rumour is legit and that McCabe would waive his no movement clause.

The second rumour involves a possible replacement to John Ferguson Jr as Leafs GM, if JFJ were to be fired.

Steve Zipay of New York’s newsday.com reports that Mike Milbury’s name has come up as a candidate to replace Ferguson as GM.

Needless to say, this will not be sweet music to the ears of Leafs fans. Of course “Mad Mike” is well known in the hockey world as the guy who put the New York Islanders back 15 years with a series of botched trades.

Why not go after Neil Smith, Steve Yzerman, or Steve Tambellini? Here’s hoping that this rumour doesn’t come into fruition.

McCabe-Hossa rumour:

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Columnists/Brennan/2007/11/18/4665845-sun.html

Mike Milbury rumour:

http://www.newsday.com/sports/columnists/ny-spzip185466417nov18,0,5381007.column