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Toronto Maple Leafs Trade Talk: Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner & More

Well, a month into the Toronto Maple Leafs’ off-season and things are starting to get exciting.

Of course it all started with the news that Randy Carlyle will indeed return next year as the head coach of the Leafs. All of his assistant coaches were fired so there should be a little bit of a style change next season.

This all makes trades and other roster moves far more likely. Darren Dreger posted a series of tweets connecting the two pieces of news.

So, from that we can gather that if the Leafs do struggle through this season, Carlyle isn’t necessarily safe.

When it comes to the trade market, Dreger mentions some of the names we’ve been hearing since the season ended. It seems that at least one of Nazem Kadri or Jake Gardiner will not be back with the Leafs next season.

Dave Bolland and Nikolai Kulemin are set to be unrestricted free agents on July 1. Teams that would like to sign them could give up a draft pick or a prospect in order to get some extra negotiating time with them.

Other players that might be on the trading block include Cody Franson, Mason Raymond and James Reimer. If the Leafs choose to trade some of their to-be free agents, they could boost their number of picks in this years draft. Seeing as that the Leafs don’t have a second-round pick this year, hopefully another one would come the Leafs way.

Dreger mentions the Leafs focusing on their blueline. That’s good, because as we all know, the defense was one of the biggest problems the Leafs had this season. I would expect a good amount of turnover on the Leafs blueline.

With Carlyle retained, what is the next big piece of news we will hear from the Toronto Maple Leafs? Hopefully, we’ll find out soon.


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7 Comments on Toronto Maple Leafs Trade Talk: Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner & More

  1. Vic Soga says:

    I have said it before, trade Kadri, Reimer and Gardiner to Edmonton for 1st round pick and Eberle. You will see who did not fit into the culture of the team by July 1.
    You will see if Lupul will become captain over Phaneuf or be traded.

    • Jeffrey Langridge says:

      The Leafs will need to give more than that to get the 3rd pick and Eberle. Reimer is also no longer a fit in Edmonton with them having both Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth.

    • Jeanette Grimshaw says:

      I agree with lupul being named captain but don’t agree with Kadri , Gardiner and Reimer being Traded.It is a fact Kulemin wants to be traded if he can play somewhere with Grabovski again. I could see Kadri and Reimer being traded but Gardiner needs to stay for a few reasons he is young and talented and is best friends with Morgan Rielly and is his roomate.

  2. Stan Smith says:

    Just as the majority of you guys didn’t see the Carlyle signing coming, don’t be surprised if Kadri, Gardiner and Reimer are all back with the leafs next season. As far as Kadri and Gardiner go, while they both need to improve on the defensive side of the puck, I am sure the leafs see value in their offensive talents, plus Kadri plays with the edge Carlyle likes to see. In Reimer’s case, he simply might not bring much in return, and his best two games the end of the season were both when coming off the bench.

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