LeBrun: Nonis Staying in Nashville to Scout Possible Franson Trade

Shawn Reis
February 04 2015 11:31PM

As the Leafs losing streak hits hilarious proportions, the rumors have ramped up surrounding the team.  By all accounts, it sounds like the team will be selling off what they can at the trade deadline.  That speculation was heightened immensely yesterday when TSN reported on the likelihood of players like Daniel Winnik, Tyler Bozak, and Joffrey Lupul being moved.  Among that group of players of course was Cody Franson, a pending unrestricted free agent who Darren Dreger believes has an 85% chance of being moved by March 2nd.

Today, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun poured more gasoline on the fire when he reported in his Rumblings blog that GM Dave Nonis did not fly out with the rest of the team from Nashville Tuesday night.  Rather, Nonis will stick around to scout Thursday's game.  As LeBrun points out, that's likely to do some research on the possibility of a trade involving former Predator Cody Franson.

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McDavid Watch: I Ran An NHL Draft Lottery Simulator 1,967 Times

Justin Fisher
February 04 2015 05:00PM

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ICYMI, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been all kinds of horrible over the past several weeks. Like, losing-ten-games-in-a-row horrible. With that streak, the Leafs have dropped down the standings and are now pretty securely in the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. 

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Marlies Schooled By Griffins

Jeff Veillette
February 04 2015 03:48PM

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At this point in my life, I've become the master of these 11AM school day games. The rules are simple - bring something to shield your ears. You gain next to nothing hearing the game on a day like this; mostly because it's drowned out by screaming children. I listened to music most of the game and I was at peace.

The Toronto Marlies, on the other hand, were not at peace, as they lost this one by a score of three to one.

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LFR8 - Game 52 - Dix - Tor 3, Nsh 4

Steve Dangle
February 04 2015 01:35PM

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The Leafs may never win again.

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Top Twenty Leafs Prospects Midterm Ranking: #15 to #11

Justin Fisher
February 04 2015 01:00PM

#15 - Carter Ashton

Carter Ashton is a curious case.  Drafted in the 1st round by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009, Ashton had a strong junior career that included representing Canada at the 2011 World Juniors. One year later, his trade to the Leafs came as a surprise amid a solid rookie campaign in the AHL. Since then, he’s been a mixed bag of promised potential and underwhelming performance. Playing 54 games in the NHL by the age of 23 is an encouraging sign for former first-rounders like Ashton, but putting up a miniscule 0 goals and 3 assists in all those games is not. Suspended this year by the NHL for the use of PEDs, Ashton has since cleared waivers and is back in the minors.

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