Top Five Trade Destinations for Joffrey Lupul

Shawn Reis
February 18 2016 11:00AM

Joffrey Lupul...probably isn't getting traded.  He's 33-years-old, he's played just 329 of a possible 513 games over the last 7 seasons, has just 35 points in his last 101 games, and he carries a $5.250M cap hit through 2017-2018.  But how does that old saying go?  If David Clarkson can get traded, anybody can get traded.

With that in mind, let's take a look at five teams that might be a fit for Lupul ahead of this month's trade deadline:

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Reading the Tea Leafs: Something brewing between Toronto and Calgary?

Ryan Fancey
February 18 2016 09:00AM

With now just a little over a week to the deadline, we're right in the middle of the busiest time of the NHL season speculation-wise, and with that comes Scout Watch - where tracking team representatives attending specific games is almost a nightly occurrence. 

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Loov Is In The Air (Canada Centre because he was recalled by the Leafs)

Jon Steitzer
February 18 2016 08:46AM

With Hunwick becoming the latest Leaf to join the IR (or at least the unhealthy scratched), the Leafs need to add a defenseman for tonight's game against New York. It appears that all the need is Loov.

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WWYDW: Matt Blaster

Jeff Veillette
February 17 2016 04:09PM

Matt Hunwick is dead. Okay, no he's not, but that statement isn't much worse than Mike Babcock's "gave him the boot" quote after today's practice. Whatever the case, the Leafs lost a player today when the 30-year-old defenceman got hurt while honing his skills.

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Top Five Trade Destinations For Matt Hunwick

Jon Steitzer
February 17 2016 10:07AM

Matt Hunwick might be a lesson that even really great coaches have blind spots.  Actually Luke Glendening already taught us about Babcock’s blind spots, but on a Leafs roster with few standout pieces, Hunwick, Spaling, Froese, and others have seen excessive usage that many of us don’t particularly agree with.

That’s part of what makes Hunwick an interesting case. He’s by no means terrible; he just shouldn’t be used as a top pairing defender, and especially at the cost of keeping Morgan Rielly on his weak side. Instead when you look at Hunwick, you can see a guy on a cheap $1.2M deal (through next season) who has been playing on average over 22 minutes a night.

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