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Leafs recall Smithson as Nonis goes ‘trolling’ for help

Dec 18, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

Dave Nonis AP

The Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled center Jerred Smithson from the AHL Marlies.

Smithson arrives in the wake of an injury to center Trevor Smith, who broke his hand last night versus Florida and could be out a couple of months, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

The falling Leafs are also without centers Dave Bolland and Tyler Bozak, both out indefinitely with injuries.

Will all the injuries, not to mention all the team’s losses, force general manager Dave Nonis to make a trade?

From Dreger:

Nonis has been trolling the league looking for trades and admits he has had offers on James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner, Morgan Rielly and both his goalies. However, the general managers with the most interest have yet to produce anything beyond older players in return or trade packages that are not useful to the Maple Leafs in the long term.

As poorly as they’ve been playing, the Leafs are still in a playoff position, three points up on Philadelphia for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers have two games in hand, however.

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Remember in the offseason when Nonis was extremely critical of the idea of the wildcard, saying “it makes it harder for us to make the playoffs”. Do you think he had any clue then it might be the only reason they make the playoffs?

  2. drewsylvania - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Are there any owners who *are* good at making personnel decisions for their teams? In any sport?

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