Why The Leafs Should Pursue Alexander Semin

Jeff Veillette
February 27 2015 03:54PM

Every year, a bunch of higher-profile trades happen well before the Trade Deadline, and everybody throws their arms up in the air, upset that all the joy has been sucked out of their favourite day. WIth that, every year, a couple of players hit the market out of nowhere and re-inject some life back into it, continuing the panicked tradition we've all come to know and love.

Today, word leaked out that Alexander Semin is unofficially on the market. Coincidentally, I'm starting to think that going after him might not be the worst idea in the world.

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Leafs, Marlies, Bears shuffle the deck chairs

Jeff Veillette
February 27 2015 12:29PM


The Toronto Maple Leafs organization have done a bunch of shuffling today, sending guys, up, down, sideways, and completely out of the picture. Nothing major, but let's break it all down.

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Report: 'Lots of interest and activity' around Leafs' Lupul, Bozak and Phaneuf ahead of Trade Deadline

Thomas Drance
February 27 2015 11:31AM

With their short-term fortunes all but sunk, the Toronto Maple Leafs have unsurprisingly been the single most active team ahead of Monday's NHL Trade Deadline.

Already Brendan Shanahan and company have managed to add a first-round pick, a second-round pick, a fourth-round pick and an intriguing prospect in Brendan Leipsic for their trio of rental pieces. Then they managed the improbable, and found a taker for David Clarkson's league-worst contract. 

If, at this point, the Maple Leafs were to sit back and wait for the draft before looking to shop players like Joffrey Lupul, Tyler Bozak and Dion Phaneuf, among others, no one would blame them. That still might come to pass, but we might reasonably expect the Maple Leafs to look to continue to dismantle their flawed core in the days ahead, according to TSN's Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun.

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Maple Leafs Trade Deadline 2015: The Predictions Roundtable

Justin Fisher
February 27 2015 07:48AM

Are you happy with the deals so far?

Justin Fisher: I think the Leafs have done an excellent job so far leading up to the deadline, and that was before they miraculously managed to unload David Clarkson. I have nothing against the guy, but it's obvious he wasn't playing well here and that his contract was an unbelievably painful burden to a cap team like Toronto. They Leafs have added a first, second and fourth round pick as well as prospect Brendan Leipsic for three pending free agents. You can't really do much better than that.

Jon Steitzer: I am as happy as I can be by Leafs trades in the middle of a tear down. Clarkson is gone. The biggest mistake has been corrected, this is a beautiful thing. The Sekera return was much nicer than what Franson/Santorelli returned, but I'm still happy. As much as I'd love for the pick in the Winnik deal to be a 2015 2nd, I like next year's draft too. If I have a complaint it's that the Leafs retained salary on Winnik meaning they can only do one more salary retention deal this season.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
February 27 2015 06:00AM


Leafs, Jets and Kings already making deals, David Clarkson's contract, Curtis Glencross, an Oilers Cartoon, a knock down punch and all the coverage leading up to the trade deadline you need in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.

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