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by Paul on 07/20/11 at 08:51 PM ET
from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
Ryan Malone’s name has been linked the Leafs for a few years — back in 2009, there were assumptions that he was going to be acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning in a deal that would have involved swapping first-round draft picks.
Last summer, there were whispers the Leafs were going to trade defenceman Tomas Kaberle to the Lightning, with Malone going back to Toronto.
Speculation has been floating around the internet that the Leafs might again be interested in the 6-foot-4, 219-pound left winger. But the rumours don’t add up to a lot of sense.
Malone’s salary cap hit is $4.5 million for each of the next four seasons, and he has a no-movement clause in each of the next two years. It’s nice that Malone usually has been a 20-goal scorer when he has been healthy (he had 14 goals in 54 games last season), but that’s a large chunk of change for someone who probably would not be an automatic to play on the top line.
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