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The Leafs are ‘eager to talk’ trade

May 9, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

Any NHL general manager who can help the Toronto Maple Leafs upgrade their blue line, give them a call. Because according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, they’re willing to deal:

Of the four players Dreger named, Kadri and Gardiner would bring the Leafs the biggest return. Both are talented and just 23 years old, with good offensive capabilities. Bolland and Kulemin are pending unrestricted free agents; all that can be traded is their negotiating rights.

The Leafs, of course, announced yesterday that head coach Randy Carlyle will be back next season. And while assistant coaches Dave Farrish, Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin paid the price and won’t be back, it’s expected there will be relatively significant roster changes after the team’s disastrous finish to the 2013-14 season.

“The consistency of our compete in our defensive zone coverage was the area of concern right from the opening month of the season,” Carlyle said yesterday in a conference call.

  1. 19to77 - May 9, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    So their problem is a lack of defensive commitment, and their solution is to trade Kulemin and Bolland for practically nothing.

    Looks like another great year ahead for the Maple Laughs!

    • govtminion - May 9, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Well, I mean in those cases they’re UFAs, but… I guess to me, if you have bad defense but a good offense, what good does it do to trade guys like Kadri, and become merely mediocre on BOTH ends of the ice? At least right now you’re letting in a lot of shots, but getting a whole ton of them yourselves.

      I’ll never understand the Leafs. No matter who is running things as the GM, coach, etc., it always seems like there’s no plan or goal.

    • dilligaf101 - May 9, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Rob Ford for GM!!!!!!

  2. patshal - May 9, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Interesting

  3. bcsteele - May 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Call me nuts but I wouldn’t mind the Blues taking a stab at Kadri for the right price. As the playoffs so undoubtedly made aware (as I believe at the beginning of the year), we still need that “go-to” scorer (with speed) and I think in the right environment Kadri could thrive.

    Wouldn’t want to give up much for the wild card he’s become though…just a thought.

  4. blue21c - May 9, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Looks like another banner collapse coming up for the Maple Loafs. Signing Carlyle to a long term extension, then firing the entire coaching staff??? That is a big time headscratcher.

    • withseidelinn - May 9, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      I wouldn’t say 2 years is long term.

  5. penvik - May 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Who cares??? There are actual hockey teams still playing for the cup. Save the Toronto news for there favourite times, the offseason.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - May 9, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      Toronto never lets you to forget about Toronto.

  6. blynasty - May 9, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Penguins should pick up Kulemin to play with Malkin. There are a couple of Pens D-Men that would fit in well in Toronto. Malkin and Kulemin have a history of playing with one another.

  7. 311sucks - May 9, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    kadri to nashville? poile is a magician and could probably make something interesting happen hahaha.

  8. thos_prattt - May 9, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Kulemin is a terrifically useful player. Some team is going to add useful depth by signing him.

    • jason9696 - May 10, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      He scored 30 goals a few years ago for the Leafs. But has totally lost his scoring touch since.

  9. elvispocomo - May 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Dreger shilling for Nonis and the Leafs again I see.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - May 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      I believe shoehorning in Leafs’ mentions and making up trade rumors is what his job description is in his contract.

  10. 2qswing - May 9, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Can a Leafs fan help me out here please. Carlisle is not only retained but extended, However his entire staff is shown the door. Were these his assistants he brought in or were they already there when he took over. If they were ‘his guys” sounds like he threw them under the bus. He didn’t exactly pound the table insisting they be retained.

    • leafsilluminati - May 9, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      With Carlyle having one year left, and no suitable replacement candidates at the moment, the Leafs had to keep Carlyle for now but without being a ‘lame-duck’ coach. This way he stays and lets the players know they are backing him and the players have to step up, instead of them tuning him out knowing he’s out of thread. Also if Carlyle falters again he’s gone. The extension was just some extra money to buy time.

    • leafsilluminati - May 9, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      And the assistants were already there before he was.

  11. blue21c - May 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Anything longer than 2 seconds is considered long term these days

  12. leafsilluminati - May 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

  13. billsin20xx - May 9, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Sabre’s had worst record, but I’ll take their future hopes over the Laff’s anyday….

  14. jason9696 - May 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    I love the Leafs. But why did they fire the 3 assistant coaches and not Randy Carlyle as well? I was thinking he would be toast.

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