The Maple Leafs have not played a game since January 18th as this is their Bye-Week. However this week has been filled with news and rumours about the Maple Leafs.
- Auston Matthews has pulled out of the NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis due to a minor wrist injury that does require ongoing acute treatment. Taking his place in the All-Star Game will be Ottawa Senator Brady Tkachuk.
- Teams have started to ask the Maple Leafs about the availability of their defensemen who are Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA) this summer. Cody Ceci, Tyson Barrie and Jake Muzzin. No telling what the Maple Leafs would be asking for in return, but I don’t think they count themselves as sellers yet.
- Maple Leafs announced this morning that defenseman Jake Muzzin has be assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL for a conditioning loan.
- Maple Leafs are working on a deal with the San Jose Sharks which would send Kasperi Kapanen to the Sharks for defenseman Brenden Dillon plus picks or prospects.
- The Maple Leafs and player agent Joseph Resnick have started having contract talks regarding Jake Muzzin
- General Manager Kyle Dubas trying very hard to move Cody Ceci to create some salary cap relief. Not going to just give him away though. A trade would need to make sense for the future of the team.
There have been well documented rumours that the Maple Leafs will need to trade either Kasperi Kapanen or Andreas Johnsson if they plan on getting a defenseman. I would hate to watch Kapanen peak with a different team, but this current Maple Leafs team needs defensive help now.
I am glad that Matthews is getting treatment for his injured wrist. It will still be a shame for him to miss the NHL All-Star Game. With his talents I am sure there will be many more All-Star games in his future.
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