February 18 2015 07:00AM
Last week we learned that Brendan Shanahan has the blessing of the MLSE board to blow up the Leafs' current roster and start anew. Since then, pending free agents Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli were dealt to Nashville, and the names of Daniel Winnik, Tyler Bozak, Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel and Roman Polak have all appeared in trade rumours as the deadline approaches.
It's pretty clear that the demolition job will happen, but there has to be roster carryover, no?
February 17 2015 08:53PM
February 17 2015 04:00PM
Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf should no longer be considered among the Maple Leafs' untouchable assets, but don't expect the two highest profile players on the Maple Leafs to be dealt prior to the March 2 NHL trade deadline.
Both Phaneuf and Kessel are expensive pieces attached to long-term deals, and they both possess limited no-trade clauses. It's clear that any potential trade involving the cornerstone pieces of Brian Burke's flawed Maple Leafs teams would be an extremely complicated transaction, which makes it likely that they'll at least finish up the season in Toronto.
February 17 2015 02:44PM
On today's podcast, the guys talk about the Franson/Santorelli trade, Ovechkin, and a rude story.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 17 2015 01:40PM
Remember when Roberto Luongo was rumoured to be the next Toronto Maple Leaf? You know, in anticipation of a big-ass push for bigger things? Despite what the jersey on my wall would have you think, it never materialized, and the Leafs ended up eventually getting Jonathan Bernier, who was pretty good himself. Oh, and then realized that goaltending wasn't the problem and fell into the abyss.
Anyway, the Leafs take on Luongo and the Florida Panthers tonight.