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Leafs GM: Teams have called about Connolly

Feb 21, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

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Tim Connolly probably won’t spend the rest of the season buried in the AHL, Leafs general manager Dave Nonis said this morning on Toronto radio.

“Is there a chance he will be back (in the NHL)? No question,” Nonis told Sportsnet 590 The Fan. “We’ve had teams call on Tim. I would expect at some point whether it’s with us or someone else that he’ll be back in the NHL before the season’s over.”

A 31-year-old center, Connolly was sent down to the Marlies in January in part to make room for young forwards Nazem Kadri and Matt Frattin.

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.

He’s in the final year of his contract, with a salary of $4 million and cap hit of $4.75 million.

  1. axisofweasels - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    DARCY WANTS CONNOLLY BACK

    oh noes!

    • mainevent7567 - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      shut your mouth. if you jinxed us, so help me god.

  2. freneticgarfieldfan - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Jason, according to CapGeek, he is in the final year of his current contract.

  3. buddysguys - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    he stopped playing in the NHL 4 years ago….

  4. deeboy - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Carolina Hurricanes are one of those calls, I’m betting. They have the Staal’s in the top two slots and Jussi Jokinen trying to hold down the 3rd line. He’s better suited as a 2nd, 3rd line winger. They currently have two AHL center callups on the big boy roster. With the new minority partners in place, I wonder if they will take on the 3 mil salary balance for the remainder of the year.

    I’m guessing it won’t take much for the Leafs to trade him since he’s currently in the AHL.

    • withseidelinn - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      What do you suggest the Canes give up ?

      • bigblackzaranek - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        A washing machine and a copy of NHL 06.

      • deeboy - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        Given he’s in the AHL, the Leafs would likely give him up for close to nothing to get him off the books. Perhaps a mid-round pick or marginal NHL prospect at a different position. Rutherford will not take on that salary and give up much value in return.

    • elrock7 - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      Leafs wont just give him away. Only just over 2 mil left on his contract. They dont need to trade him, if he goes it will be for something, if not he is insurance.

  5. withseidelinn - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Connolly is useful to have in the case of injuries, as he is competent in the NHL, but at that price tag it’s not even close to worth it. I’d be really glad to see him gone for a 2nd rounder, which I think would be fair. He could also be included in a package deal as a salary dump. I would rather see some sort of return for him than letting him walk at the end of the season.

  6. kgun80 - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Timmy used to be a good player.. Great hands but was always hurt and is completely unwilling to make the tough play. Good luck to who ever signs him you are gonna get 10 very good plays ..

  7. elvispocomo - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Since teams could have picked him up for free on waivers, I think the only thing they’re calling about is if the Leafs will keep half his salary and cap hit if someone takes him of their hands.

    • tatdue - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      He cleared waivers at the beginning of the season before a third of the NHL went down with injuries….the Leafs will get at least a second round pick for him…

      • elvispocomo - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        The Leafs could only hope for a high pick. Even with injury concerns now, what team would be desperate to trade anything of much worth for him when they could have had him for free? For the Leafs to hang onto some of his salary/cap hit this season would be the sweetener that might convince someone to bite.

        By your logic, with all the injuries and poor play by goalies so far this year, teams should be beating down Gillis’ door to give the best offer possible for Luongo, but we know that’s not the case. He has interest, yes, but teams don’t make rush judgements and suddenly overpay for something they feel wasn’t worth the asking price (or no asking price at all) before.

      • withseidelinn - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        I agree. The Preds gve up a 1st rounder for Gaustad because they were desperate at the deadline and needed a grinder guy for a playoff run. Obviously Connolly and Gaustad are very different players but I can see a team giving up a 2-3 round pick for him because they’re desperate.

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