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It’s been a rather rumor-filled day in Toronto

Jan 17, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

Today on Twitter, Flyers beat writer Anthony SanFilippo (Delaware County Daily Times) floated a juicy trade rumor involving the Toronto Maple Leafs and Anaheim Ducks.

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As you can see, SanFilippo’s tweet caused a minor internet uproar. What’s more, it occurred on a day that’s been full of speculation involving the Leafs.

The Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle is reporting that today was a particularly crazy one in Toronto after speculation arose that popular trade candidate Luke Schenn could be a healthy scratch for tonight’s game against Ottawa.

“That’s the environment around the Leafs right now, one brought on by general manager Brian Burke broadcasting that he was looking to deal earlier this month,” wrote Mirtle.

Chances are, something’s brewing in Toronto. Burke wants to make a trade and this is the time of year he likes to deal. Doesn’t mean he’ll get an offer he feels is worth taking though.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 17, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Although I’d love to see Bobby Ryan on the Leafs, I’ve always loved Getzlaf and think he would add a lot more to the team. A big tough 1st line centre is just what we’re in need of. Make it happen, Burkie!

    • odj810 - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      for sure ryan getzlaf would be a much better trade target. Either one is going to give them much needed size and skill. Leafs are a few pieces away from contending.

  2. bigbear42 - Jan 17, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    I dont fallow the Leafs that closely so could someone explain to me when Luke Schenn fell so far out of favor? Two years ago he was the main building block of their team. What happened?

    • danphipps01 - Jan 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      It was hoped he’d hit the League harder than Dion Phaneuf and become a franchise two-way D. Quoth Wikipedia: “Leading up to the 2008 NHL Entry Draft,Schenn was a highly regarded prospect. Some scouts saw him as a mix between Calder Trophy and Norris Trophy nominee Dion Phaneuf and two-time Stanley Cup champion Adam Foote. E.J. McGuire, director of the Central Scouting Bureau, compared him to former first overall selection Ed Jovanovski.”

      So, yeah. People thought he’d be up there with guys like Chara and Weber by now and he didn’t even come close. He’s a decent D now and shows some glimmers of potentially improving from there, and that’s why he’s a trade-friendly asset – some perceived room to grow into a high-end player in combination with his existing ability to play a solid physical shutdown game means he can net them something useful. The Leafs have Franson making a strong bid for Schenn’s minutes, so it seems Burke wants to dish him either on his own or as part of a deal for a #1 centre or another scoring winger.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

        That’s pretty much it. The abundance of D that the Leafs now have makes him expendable and his potential makes him attractive to other teams looking to shore up their own D corps.

    • haterzgonahate - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:40 PM

      he was put under the Toronto microscope and picked apart for errors that in most markets are to be expected with rookies.. this most likely lead to a loss in confidence which will have a direct impact on how you play.

      of course… just my opinion

  3. whittle79 - Jan 17, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    He chokes more then a 2 dollar hooker !!
    Yes he can hit, but his defense sucks !!

    • haterzgonahate - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      don’t be an idiot.. there’s no such thing as a 2 dollar hooker in Toronto.. believe me i know

  4. bigbear42 - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Thanks for the info boys. I was under the impression that the Leafs defenseman to be traded was Komisarek but his contract is too big

  5. blomfeld - Jan 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    AN AGED “MAN FROM GLAD” ?

    Isn’t Burke now in the third year of his 5 year contract ? … so no doubt he’s going to do “something” and it’ll probably be sooner than later, as time is definitely starting to become a factor now … the way I see it, the problem with the Leafs isn’t so much that they haven’t won the Stanley Cup since ’67 … it’s that they’ve been so horrible throughout pretty much all of those years ! … yes there were a couple of bright spots during the “Wendy” and Gilmour eras … but beyond that, it’s been essentially pure futility ever since 1967 … and that’s a shame as I’ve never really understood that ? … you have an absolute gold mine there in Toronto with a fanatical fan base and wealthy ownership ? … so how can that team be such perennial losers from year to year ? … decade to decade ? … when Burke signed on with them a few years back, I did genuinely think that the turning point would finally come for the hapless Leafs … but no, even the revered ex-boss of our Canucks can’t seem to do anything ? … hopefully Burke does “something” now to improve things, as it just isn’t right for Toronto to suffer endlessly like this …

    ps: man did Burke almost hit the bulls-eye eh just a couple of summers back, when he missed signing the Sisters by just a few hours ?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 17, 2012 at 11:14 PM

      They showed a lot of promise in the 70s before Ballard tore the whole thing down and they couldn’t win games during the 80s. Once Stavro and Fletcher took over they were more or less perennial contenders until the lockout but just never quite got it done. Many Leafs fans will tell you we were robbed of a trip to the finals in 1993.

      The terrible job by John Ferguson Jr. to build a team to compete in the new NHL left them stuck with some big, untradeable contracts and a team that was among the worst in the league. That set us back so far that when Burke came in he had essentially nothing to work with. He has done a fantastic job attempting to return them to competitiveness but when you’re essentially building a team from scratch that takes time. Definitely more time than the three years he’s been here.

      • blomfeld - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:32 AM

        1943mrmojorisin1971 – you’re actually right about the 70’s, as the Leafs did have some good teams back then with Darryl Sittler and company, despite that imbecilic owner Harold Ballard …

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