The Latest Leafs Scuttlebutt
Just received an update from a source. Nothing concrete, as pretty much all rumours concerning Brian Burke‘s potential moves are speculative at this point. However, a few interesting tidbits were mentioned.
Gus Katsaros attended the Marlie game on Sunday and reports that there were many-a-scout (primarily Western) in the stands likely taking a peak at Anton Stralman. I contacted my source about it, who suggested that Stralman is certainly available for the right price as the feeling is that his development is not as evident at this point as originally anticipated.
He also added that the only players secure on the current roster are Luke Schenn, Nik Hagman, Nik Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski, and that we may well see a few players moved that we thought were safe.
Justin Pogge will be recalled fairly soon to test his mettle at the NHL level. Burke wants to see exactly where he stands in terms of a goaltender if he opts to move Vesa Toskala, a possibility, I’m told, that is more real than most of us think.
There is a very widespread interest in Tomas Kaberle… the Flames, Oilers, Wings, Ducks, Pens as well as the Flyers are speculated to be potential suitors should Kaberle waive his NTC. A smooth skating puck-moving defenseman is always in demand in this day and age.
A few teams have also been speculated on the Nik Antropov front (Capitals, Bruins, Wild, Panthers).
That’s what’s out there at the moment. Should be a very interesting few months ahead.