Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/27/10 at 10:46 AM ET
from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,
For the rest of the season, and especially leading up to the March 3 trade deadline, it will be hard to view Leaf players as anything but commodities.
For a non-playoff team on which futures are on the line, the big game won’t be so much hockey as it will be guessing who stays and who goes.
Against the visiting L.A. Kings on Tuesday, for example, the final score was 5-3 for the impressive young team from California.
But the important result was that a player like Niklas Hagman improved his stock on the trade market while goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, a restricted free agent this summer, only created more questions about where he might fit with the Leafs.
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Rugged Maple Leafs forward Jamal Mayers believes he has at least a few good years left him in, but doesn’t see Toronto in his future.
Leafs general manager Brian Burke granted Mayers agent, Pat Brisson, permission to speak to teams in an effort to generate trade interest.
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