Who could be possible trade targets for the Maple Leafs? Is the Sharks Ryane Clowe among them? Read on for the latest!
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle reports trade talk has hit a frenzy in Toronto, where the recent
scratching of Maple Leafs like speculation defenseman Luke Schenn would be a healthy scratch prior to last night’s Leafs-Senators game led to wild speculation he, along with center Nazim Kadri, were on the trade block.
NATIONAL POST: Michael Traikos recently reported on potential trade targets for the Maple Leafs, listing Philadelphia’s James van Riemsdyk, Colorado’s Paul Stastny, Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan, Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone, and Columbus’ Derick Brassard and Jeff Carter.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox also weighed in on the “who could the Leafs target?” guessing game, dismissing the possibility of landing Getzlaf, but suggesting Malone as a possibility, noting the Leafs have goaltending and depth they could ship to the Lightning.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger reports via Twitter “In general, I’m told trade discussions with the Leafs are currently very quiet” with the Flyers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The anticipation is Leafs GM Brian Burke will pull the trigger on a deal within the next two-three weeks, which is ramping up the speculation as to which players he’s pursuing, and creating a minor frenzy every time a Leafs player is a healthy scratch. Dumbest rumor of the day: Schenn and Kadri to Anaheim for Getzlaf.
Of those listed above, Malone could be a possibility, provided he’s willing to waive his movement clause, but I would be very surprised if the Bolts would be interested in one of the Leafs average goalies, especially when there would be better options available via trade or free agency this summer. Brassard reportedly is off the trade block, while Carter and van Riemsdyk are sidelined with injuries. No one seriously believes Getzlaf or Ryan will be moved, and the only way I see Stastny being shopped is if the Avs fall out of playoff contention, which they haven’t as of yet. It’s also possible Burke could have his eye on players no one is speculating about, like he did last year when he landed Joffrey Lupul.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: David Pollak reported yesterday Sharks forward Ryane Clowe would miss yesterday’s game against the Flames with an upper body injury. Sharks goalie prospect Alex Staylock, meanwhile, has been given clearance to play after missing 11 months after a nerve in his leg was severed by a skate in a freak accident. Staylock’s availability could influence any decision on goalie Antero Niittymaki. Pollak also took to Twitter yesterday to dismiss bogus speculation Clowe might be dealt.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg for the Mercury News link. The Clowe rumor was started by a phony Nick Kypreos twitter account, which briefly sucked me in before I discovered it was a fake. As Pollak noted, the Sharks aren’t going to move a forward with Martin Havlat still sidelined. If they did, I doubt it would be Clowe.