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We unwrapped a vanload of presents on Trade Deadline Eve. What’s left for Deadline Day? Perhaps the biggest moves of all, which are likely to be the deals that move Ryan Kesler and Martin St. Louis out of Vancouver and Tampa Bay respectively. Half of the league’s teams completed a trade yesterday, with the Leafs in the inactive half, besides waiving Trevor Smith to open up some cap space. We’ll find out by noon if he’s clear to join the Marlies (he’s their Captain, technically) for the first time since October. He could also come right back up if nothing...

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Saturday night in Montreal, Tyler Bozak pulled off an assist for the highlight reel just before Phil Kessel’s go-ahead 3-2 goal. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5JSCrvWNho?list=UUVYxMvFhxQfsib5l_7baV-A] (The goal, Bob Cole’s call, and Kessel’s celebration were grade-A Leafs porn. It’s a shame there was horrible officiating the Leafs can’t protect leads, preventing this from being a game winner). Note Bozak’s first pass into Kessel in the slot on the initial opportunity before the puck left the zone. Granted, the pass just before the goal was as lucky as it was good. There’s two Habs between him and Kessel, it actually went through Deharnais’ skates, and it’s...

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With tonight's blockbuster between the Blues and Sabres cranking up the heat on trade speculation across the League (DOMINOES!!!), let’s take a quick look at one of the names being batted around the rumour mill as it pertains to the Maple Leafs. Alex Edler Scouting Report Courtesy of McKeen's Hockey: Why the Leafs Might Want Him There is the familiarity factor when it comes to Dave Nonis potentially dealing for a Vancouver Canuck. Alexander Edler was a 91st overall pick under him in 2004, meaning Nonis was around to see Edler’s first 97 games as an NHL defenceman in 2006-07 and 2007-08. He’s 6’4,...

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The Maple Leafs have cleared some cap space with a number of players set to return from IR shortly (Smith, Clarkson, Bolland). Oilers acquire Mark Fraser from Leafs for Cam Abner and Hartikainen. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 31, 2014   always impressed with Hartikainen .. projects to a good lower roster player if he can be brought back to N America. — Gus Katsaros (@KatsHockey) January 31, 2014   Overall a very good little move by Leafs, especially if Hartikainen ever returns to North America. Fraser would have cost cap space in AHL. — James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 31, 2014   Most importantly, the Leafs have added wiggle...

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From tonight's Insider Trading on TSN: McKenzie:If you've been hearing a lot of Vernon Fiddler trade rumours it's because two weeks ago he went to the Dallas Stars and said he wants more ice time and wants a bigger role, and if he can't get it with Dallas than let it be somewhere else. He's on an expiring contract at $1.8 million and an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. There is interest in him from other teams but the Stars are wining and things are going well, so they're not going to give him away. Keep...

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We reviewed Clarke MacArthur the other day here at MLHS. The feedback seemed rather divided on the question of whether to keep or not to keep the pending UFA. Meanwhile, there's no doubting that David Clarkson’s name will only continue to remain attached to the Leafs in rumour circles as we approach free agency and the Toronto native remains without a contract past July 5. With a glut of wing talent already, and Phil Kessel in need a contract extension, there’s no way Dave Nonis should re-sign MacArthur and then also go and sign David Clarkson. It’s not a...

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The Luongo/Kiprusoff talk has me watching the coverage with one eye covered today. Apparently, Miikka Kiprusoff is going to make a decision about his future late this morning. I'd be pleasantly surprised if, by 3 p.m., Dave Nonis' big move is a cheap addition to the defence, preferably a right-handed rearguard with some experience (Robidas being ideal if the price is right). Otherwise, standing pat is A-OK by me. It is all but certain Nonis will not sell his pending UFAs to the highest bidder, making the following effective quote the other day: "I couldn't look the guys in the...

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Tim Connolly won't play for Marlies in 11am game tomorrow. No deal imminent. Coaches decision, but based on fear of injury. #tradecentre— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 2, 2013 Perhaps Tim Connolly gets a shot at a new NHL opportunity now that he's so close to his contract's expiration (only owed about $7-00,000 from here on out). Seems doubtful the Leafs get anything more than a conditional late pick, if it happens. In the latest Kiprusoff news, RDS' Rene Lavoie is reporting the following: Mikka Kiprusoff is open to a trade to Toronto. Still wants adjustment on his contract for next season. #transactions2013—...

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The first to break the Jarome Iginla to Boston trade, Aaron Ward is now reporting the Leafs have been given permission by Calgary to talk to Miikka Kiprusoff's representatives about changing his stance on not reporting to a new team in order to come to Toronto. After what feels like an eternity of Roberto Luongo being linked to the Leafs, it’s almost strange to hear a different goalies name linked to Toronto via trade. But here we are, as Miikka Kiprusoff is now being connected perilously close to the Leafs. Aaron Ward started the maelstrom by tweeting that the Leafs...

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After doing a great job of gathering up points over the past couple of weeks and pushing themselves well in to the playoff picture, it wouldn't be a big surprise to see the Leafs hold off on any trades going in to the deadline this Wednesday. But despite the amount of success the team has enjoyed this season, there are some glaring weak areas that could be addressed, and players may become available that could help Nonis bring this club to a higher level. We've seen the Calgary Flames finally give in to a rebuild in the past week with...

Corey Perry

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News broke last evening that Corey Perry had signed an 8 year deal totalling 69 million dollars to stay with the Anaheim Ducks and his newly signed centerman (also of 8 years), Ryan Getzlaf. Perry agrees to eight-year, $69 M deal with Anaheim; $8.625 M AAV — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) March 19, 2013 Pierre wrote a pretty good piece here on it. A précis of this is basically: Getzlaf signed, the team is doing well, I like it here in California. Not too earth shattering. This is noteworthy to Leaf fans, because, well, he was supposed to sign in Toronto so he could "move closer...

Brenden Morrow Leafs

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As trade rumour season heats up and the Toronto Maple Leafs slip in the standings from 5th to 8th in the past week, Leafs Nation will almost certainly be whipped up into a frenzy over every name mentioned. While we aren't a rumour website, we are within 19 days of the deadline and there has been some legitimate talk from *actual* members of the media and evidence of three teams in different conferences scouting each other heavily that don't normally do so. A lot can change depending on the Leafs position in the standings in the eight games before the...

Wayne Gretzky

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  From Sportsnet: After the Toronto Maple Leafs let go Brian Burke, they could be interested in bringing in another big name to be the next president. Sportsnet' s Nick Kypreos confirmed an earlier tweet from Sportsnet 590 The Fan's Bob McCown that Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment has privately discussed bringing in Wayne Gretzky to the Maple Leafs front office. Currently, Maple Leafs COO Tom Anselmi is listed as the team's president. It remains unclear if MLSE would prefer someone with more of a hockey background. Gretzky has not worked in the NHL since he left the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009. He spent...

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For a second consecutive article, Damien Cox, who seems to have a direct line into the Leafs front office, has reported the Leafs are not in the running for the services of Rick Nash. Nash apparently does not have the Leafs on his shortlist of teams after all. Perhaps that’s the case for the Maple Leafs when it comes to Rick Nash, a player they once coveted. Nobody seems quite certain where the Columbus Blue Jackets sniper will end up if he is indeed traded this week, but the Leafs are convinced that if they ever were on Nash’s short-list of teams for...

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During TSN's regular "Insider Trading" segment last night, McKenzie, LeBrun and Dreger each had an opportunity to drop some information on us regarding Roberto Luongo and the Leafs. McKenzie also had a chance to clear the bogus rumors of Brian Burke being fired in the next little while, and not surprisingly, the site that started the rumor took it down immediately afterward. Anything to get page hits for a couple days I suppose. It's no secret that teams have begun kicking tires on Luongo, and two of the most noted on Insider Trading were the Panthers and the Leafs. Florida...

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Saying I have very little knowledge about Justin Schultz is quite the understatement. I have never seen him play, until this post I had never looked at a single one of his stats, and ultimately this whole situation seemed reminiscent of teams fighting for the services of Matt Gilroy a few seasons ago (Gilroy was statistically not as good.) The only thing I really knew for sure is that he was Jake Gardiner’s defensive partner at the University of Wisconsin, and based on Gardiner’s performance Wisconsin does alright in the offensive defensemen development department. On Friday, Bob McKenzie was the...

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With four teams left and the NHL playoffs set to wind down, news and trade rumors should pick up as we get closer to the draft. "Wind down" is perhaps the wrong way to say it, but with fewer games happening (we'll soon be at one every two nights) there's a lot more time to speculate and gear up for an eventful summer. The word out of Pittsburgh has been centered around Jordan Staal for a few weeks now, and since the team was eliminated there have been questions, ranging from reasonable to... er, unreasonable (Malkin trade anyone?) popping up...

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This is part one of a preview series on potential trade deadline targets for the Leafs. Important to keep in mind is the framework in which I'm analyzing these trade options in this series: Brian Burke will be weighing the future against the present. Burke's only going to be dealing for immediate help if it equally benefits the team long term. There will be no selling out for this season; as much as Burke is feeling the pressure to make the playoffs in his fourth season as Leafs czar, more patience is needed as his team simply isn't at that...

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It's no surprise that after news broke of Dustin Brown's availability in the trade market, he's been the new topic of conversation heading into the last weekend before the deadline. As the captain of the Kings and a member of the American Olympic squad, Brown has a pretty big profile and manageable cap hit, making him an obvious target for most teams. Bob McKenzie had this to say about who looks interested right now: BOS, BUF, EDM, NJD, NYR, PHI, TOR, VAN are amongst teams with high levels of interest in Brown. So we know there is plenty of interest, and many...

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Another quick hit in the world of trade talks as we wind down towards the deadline; Sportsnet reports that Burke is meeting with the Blue Jackets' Scott Howson in New York City. From Daren Millard over Twitter: Sportsnet can confirm Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke meet with Columbus GM Scott Howson this morning at a NYC hotel. Full story on snet.ca soon The first thing that will cross anyone's mind is a potential Rick Nash deal, but with Grabovski's future up in the air, I wouldn't be surprised if this meeting is focused on Jeff Carter. We have no way of knowing,...