Report: Two teams discussing trading for Bernier

Ryan Fancey
November 18 2015 08:03AM

We've been talking a lot about the Leafs' situation in goal recently, as Bernier's numbers have cratered to start the season, and the debate is ongoing about where the organization sits in terms of depth at the position as they look to the future. 

James Reimer has been incredible over the last month, so we need to see where that goes, but last week it was made known that Lamoriello and the front office have been looking at making changes in the crease, likely with the long term in mind. Now there are some rumblings of teams looking to take Bernier off their hands, which is a little surprising given how much he's struggled.

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About those Matt Duchene trade rumours

Ryan Fancey
November 18 2015 06:52AM

I just had to do a quick double-take when I looked up Matt Duchene's career scoring totals. It still seems to me like he entered the league just yesterday, but the Avs' forward is actually now going through year seven (!) in the NHL. He came into the league the same season that Kessel first suited up for the Leafs, which is just mind-boggling. [Maybe I just can't handle getting old.]

Duchene's name has popped up a number of times over the last week in the world of trade rumours, and sort of like with Kessel in Toronto, since the Avalanche have been a trainwreck for essentially his entire time in Denver, that sort of makes sense. Perhaps they feel they need to move in another direction. 

We, as Leafs fans, know how that works as much as anyone: the stars eventually get picked on the most when things go wrong.  

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Nov 17, 2015 - You See This Watch?

Steve Dangle
November 17 2015 09:54PM

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On this episode, the guys talk about Lou Lamoriello's weird rules, Jarome Iginla, the sports media business, and more.

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Toronto Maple Leafs Post-Game: The Resurgence of Tyler Bozak

Cat Silverman
November 17 2015 08:22PM

Cry your heart out, Patrick Roy. 

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LGD: Avalanche Warning In Effect

Justin Fisher
November 17 2015 02:43PM

Would you trade Jake Gardiner for Matt Duchene? I ask because Duchene's name has popped up in the headlines several times over the past week or so as a potential big-name trade chip. Seeing that the Toronto Maple Leafs are rebuilding, they would seem like the kind of club looking to bring in as much young talent as possible. More than a few people have drawn that connection.

You have to think that Gardiner would be the most likely candidate to go the other way in any transaction surrounding Duchene, as Colorado is known to be seeking blueline help (preferably young and with term), but what concerns me the most is the additional assets it would require to close the deal. Gardiner alone won't do it, so how far are you willing to go? Rumour has it that TLN's Ryan Fancey will be discussing this more in-depth tomorrow, so be sure to stop by again.

Regardless of what side you sit on, pro-Duchene or anti-Duchene, it'll certainly be interesting to watch him tonight. It's a fun coincidence that he's in Toronto shortly after these rumours have begun to circulate, and it's a sad coincidence that he'll probably blow by Gardiner a few times tonight and bury two or three goals. Because, you know... Toronto Sports.

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