Let's pump the brakes on Drouin and the Leafs

Ryan Fancey
January 04 2016 09:18AM

As Leafs fans, we're contractually obligated (it's written in tears) to speculate on a trade for any name that comes along in the rumour mill. This week's surprising news of Jonathan Drouin wanting out of Tampa Bay presents some easy material, and as you may have guessed, we've already been all over it from a Toronto perspective.

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Leafs trade Richard Panik to Chicago for Jeremy Morin

Jeff Veillette
January 03 2016 08:07PM

Photo Credit: Mike Ivall / @M_IvallOJHLI

The Toronto Maple Leafs have shaken up the depth chart a bit today, sending right winger Richard Panik to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Jeremy Morin. Both players are 24-year-old second-round picks from the 2009 entry draft and have been playing for their American Hockey League affiliates all season.

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Panik the hero against former team in Marlies OT victory

Jeff Veillette
January 03 2016 06:24PM

Photo Credit: Mike Ivall / @M_IvallOJHLI

Many of the best players live for games where they can stick it to those who doubted them in the past. In Richard Panik's case, beating the Syracuse Crunch doesn't really do that; scoring in the AHL isn't really a "told you so" to an organization who lost you because they wanted you to play at this level. Even still, sniping home a game winner in the situation is probably still a little satisfying, and that's what Panik did tonight. 

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LFR9 - Game 37 - Blue Two - St. L 1, Tor 4

Steve Dangle
January 03 2016 01:52PM

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The Leafs beat the Blues yet again, Nazem Kadri proves why he's the best, and I can't spell things.

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The Leafs Should Be All Over Jonathan Drouin

Shawn Reis
January 03 2016 11:30AM

It was a bit of a surprise when Jonathan Drouin, the former 3rd overall pick in 2013, was sent down to Syracuse of the AHL yesterday.  It was an even bigger surprise when it was revealed earlier today that Drouin asked for a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning in November, with him reportedly still wanting out.

So the question then becomes, would he make sense for the Leafs?  Should the Leafs even want him?  If they do want him, do they have the pieces to get it done?

Spoiler alert: the answer to all three of those questions is a resounding yes.

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