Skip to content

Leafs expected to place Connolly on waivers

Jan 17, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

Tim Connolly Getty

It’s possible, if not likely, Tim Connolly has worn a Maple Leafs uniform for the last time. The 31-year-old wasn’t at Toronto practice this morning and it’s expected he’ll be placed on waivers.

Connolly, a center, is in the final year of his contract, with a salary of $4 million and cap hit of $4.75 million.

If he isn’t claimed for free, the Leafs could try to trade him while offering to retain part of his salary (up to 50 percent, per the new CBA) as an inducement.

Connolly had a disappointing 36 points in 70 games last season; however, he didn’t get near the amount of power-play time as he received in 2009-10 when he put up 65 points for the Sabres.

The Leafs cut ties with another veteran center yesterday when they traded Matthew Lombardi to Phoenix.

If Connolly departs as well, young forwards Nazem Kadri, 22, and Matt Frattin, 25, could find permanent spots with the big club.

For what it’s worth, the Vancouver Canucks are believed to have requested Kadri as part of a proposed trade for goalie Roberto Luongo.

Latest Posts
  1. After prepping for three years, Franson excited to test free agency

    May 30, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

    Cody Franson Getty Images

    For the first time in his career the 27-year-old is about to hit the open market.

  2. Report: Devils won’t sign Anthony Brodeur

    May 30, 2015, 11:45 AM EDT

    Anthony Brodeur Anthony Brodeur

    He’ll be eligible to re-enter next month’s NHL Draft.

  3. Video: ‘We’re right there,’ says Lundqvist

    May 30, 2015, 1:08 AM EDT

    Getty Images

    Hard to blame the goalie in this one.

  4. Lightning ‘answer the challenge’ in Game 7 to reach Stanley Cup Final

    May 30, 2015, 12:17 AM EDT

    Getty Images

    “I don’t know if we’re so young and dumb and don’t know any better…”

  5. Vigneault: McDonagh was playing with a broken foot

    May 29, 2015, 11:31 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    Might explain what occurred in the first period.

  6. Bolts strike Stanley Cup Final berth thanks to Game 7 win over Rangers

    May 29, 2015, 10:55 PM EDT

    150530_LightningWinGame7 Getty Images

    Tampa Bay awaits the winner of the Blackhawks-Ducks series.

  7. Paquette enters back into Lightning lineup for Game 7

    May 29, 2015, 8:21 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    Rangers also make one change to the lineup.

  8. WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Rangers, Eastern Conference Final Game 7

    May 29, 2015, 7:20 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    The winner, as you know, goes to the Stanley Cup Final.

  9. Coyotes reinstate color analyst Boynton after guilty plea in casino incident

    May 29, 2015, 6:39 PM EDT

    boynton Getty Images

    “I’ve met with Nick several times and he knows he made a terrible mistake.”

  10. Boudreau mulls line changes ahead of Game 7

    May 29, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT

    Bruce Boudreau AP

    And it looks like Tomas Fleischmann might replace Emerson Etem, again.

  11. Difference of opinion: Craig Button has Hanifin 12th on final draft rankings

    May 29, 2015, 2:18 PM EDT

    Noah Hanifin Getty Images

    NHL Central Scouting thinks slightly more of the B.C. defender.

  12. Devils sign Russian forward Kalinin

    May 29, 2015, 1:47 PM EDT

    Sergei Kalinin AP

    Spent the past five seasons in the KHL.

Featured video

Which teams have the Game 7 edge?
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. N. Horton (1274)
  2. A. Vermette (1261)
  3. R. Nash (1220)
  4. P. Kane (1181)
  5. K. Yandle (1128)