Toronto Maple Leaf Rumors – Feb 25, 11

Should Clarke MacArthur stay or go?

Leafs locker: Trade winds blowing
Should Clarke MacArthur stay or go?

MacArthur has some value in the market place as Monday’s trade deadline approaches. Teams have called about him. The Leafs can get something for him if they believe he’s going to walk as a free agent in July. Or they can sign him now and trust that this one year sample is for real. In a way, this is a smaller scale Jose Bautista decision. If you believe in MacArthur, you get the deal done by Monday. If you’re not sure, figure he’s a one-year wonder, or can’t sign him, you trade him. And if you’re MacArthur, you walk the tightrope attempting to balance the present, the future, with what you know and what you don’t know, all the while hoping you don’t trip along the way. Value for MacArthur comes in somewhere in the neighbourhood of three years and $8 million. Word is, MacArthur is asking for more and the Leafs are offering less than that. But even if they’re $1 million apart in total package, it makes sense for all parties to come to some kind of compromise position. MacArthur has been an important player in Toronto — but never an important player anywhere else.

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Leafs locker: Trade winds blowing

As the Bell Centre was invigorated by a Montreal Canadiens’ trade Thursday afternoon, the Maple Leafs are still considering one more move prior to Monday’s NHL deadline.

Having lost front-line defencemen Tomas Kaberle and Francois Beauchemin in earlier deals, there have been reports of up to five teams that Toronto general manager Brian Burke is speaking with, including Colorado for 40-point rearguard John-Michael Liles, long rumoured to be on Toronto’s radar.

For now, Burke is not close to completing anything, but Toronto has three games remaining including Thursday before the swap shop closes at 3 p.m. on Monday. Coach Ron Wilson says he’s grateful the Leafs aren’t in action that day, but adds the club has been dealing with the annual deadline distraction as best it can.

“I don’t think it’s bothering us,” Wilson said. “If it was, why are we 7-2-2 (after Feb. 1) since all this stuff has been written?”

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