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 which he would waive his no-movement clause, they aren—t now.

Just as you cross one name off the wanted list, Bob McKenzie has tossed a familiar name into the ring:

Hearing ANA’s Bobby Ryan is “available” again after being taken off trade market after Randy Carlyle’s Duck departure.

Adds McKenzie:

That doesn’t mean Bobby Ryan is sure to be moved. It does means ANA’s phone will be/has been ringing and they will be keenly listening.

Let the fun continue.


As far as Roberto Luongo goes, last night on “That’s Hockey” TSN insider Darren Dreger reported Mike Gillis is looking for a hockey trade for his goaltender, not a salary dump scenario. According to Dreger, all offers for Luongo to date fit the latter description.

Today on TSN Radio 1050, Dreger added that the Leafs are not interested in trading for Luongo unless they are sending salary back Vancouver’s way.

All this likely means is that it may be a while before the Luongo situation comes to a resolution. Ultimately, Luongo has asked for a trade and must be moved. If no GM is willing to deal on his terms, eventually Gillis will have to take the best deal available.

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Alec Brownscombe is the founder and editor of, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He's published five magazines on the team entitled "The Maple Leafs Annual" with distribution in Chapters and newsstands across the country. He also co-hosted "The Battle of the Atlantic," a weekly show on TSN1200 that covered the Leafs and the NHL in-depth. Alec is a graduate of Trent University and Algonquin College with his diploma in Journalism. In 2014, he was awarded Canada's Best Hockey Blogger honours by Molson Canadian. You can contact him at