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NHL GM: Leafs ‘getting desperate’ in search for center

Dec 8, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

Dave Nonis AP

It hasn’t been pretty, but after dropping five straight games, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been able to stop the bleeding. They have a four-point lead on the second Wild Card spot after beating Dallas in overtime and Ottawa in a shootout.

All the same, the Maple Leafs, which are 6-7-3 since October, might make a trade in the not too distant future to address their problems up the middle.

The team has been trying to get by without Dave Bolland and now Tyler Bozak (oblique) is on the long-term injured reserve list just a couple weeks after returning from a hamstring injury.

It’s gotten to the point where Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis is “getting desperate” in his pursuit of a center, according to a general manager whotalked to the Sun Media’s Bruce Garrioch. That move would be in addition to his previous acquisition of 22-year-old center Peter Holland.

Of course, just because Nonis wants to get something done doesn’t mean anything will necessarily happen yet. Not many teams would consider themselves sellers with roughly two-thirds of the campaign left. Still, we’ve already seen some meaningful trades this season, so nothing can be ruled out.

  1. preds1633 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    The preds could give up l

  2. preds1633 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    The Preds could give up legwand for picks. He has 20 points so far, which isn’t amazing, but he is providing offense and is in the last year of his contract, so he’s playing for a new one. If the leafs are looking for a centre, he’s someone that they wouldn’t have to give up a lot for the rebuilding predators.

    • withseidelinn - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Cap hit is too high.

  3. sdsabresfan - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Boston. Pittsburgh. Neal. Thorton. Compelling game, but meanwhile the Anaheim Ducks win two in a row, on the road, back to back, against powerhouses Chicago and St. Loius, but don’t get any coverage?! C’mon PHT! Standby… BREAKING NEWS… THE LEAFS NEED ANOTHER CENTER!!!

  4. dueman - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Wow Dadoun, using Sun Media’s Bruce Garrioch as a source? You have now reached a new low…how sad indeed.

  5. lowenni - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Caps will give you Brooks Laich for some pucks, little bit of cash, and your mayor.

    • 19to77 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Purely for trolling’s sake, I’d love to see GMGM offer Grabovski.

  6. smanmac - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Tricky time to acquire a decent player. He’ll have to shed some cap dollars to be able to do it, because he only has about 20 Bucks to work with right now

  7. uscthom78 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    bring back an old friend David Steckel….send back Gardiner.

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