The Toronto Sun reports that GM Brian Burke is working hard to complete a trade or two in order supply head coach Ron Wilson with a better on-ice product. Burke explains that it is unfair to consider any coaching changes until the GM has exhausted all other possible personnel changes in an effort to improve the roster. The article also tosses in a rumor of a deal that nearly came together but fell apart in its final stages on Friday morning.
Although unsubstantiated, the rumored trade would have seen Vancouver defenseman Ryan Parent head to Toronto, presumably to get some ice-time on the club’s bottom pairing. Parent, still just 23 years of age, cleared waivers yesterday and was sent down to the AHL’s Manitoba Moose after failing to crack a very deep Canucks’ blueline. Through 4 games played at the NHL level, he was held pointless with a -3 rating with just under 14 minutes of ice-time. The former 18th overall selection of the Predators was traded to Philadelphia as part of the deal that sent Peter Forsberg to Nashville at the 2007 trade deadline.
The Fourth Period adds the LA Kings to the teams heavily scouting the Maple Leafs over the past few weeks and notes that Beauchemin and Kaberle could figure prominently.