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    Post by jedi17 Fri 10 Feb 2017, 7:09 pm

    Leafs Q & A – February 10th Edition
    February 10, 2017, 6:42 PM ET [35 Comments]
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    The Toronto Maple Leafs are in an Eastern Conference playoff spot and play the majority of their games at home in the month of February. 

    The Leafs are not expected to be busy at the NHL Trade Deadline less than three weeks from now, unless GM Lou Lamoriello finds an opportunity to make a move that can be an upgrade down the road.  

    It’s time to take some questions from the comment section from the world of Twitter:

    A – The Leafs have plenty of room under the 50 pro contract limit this summer, which makes it likely that they will get both 2015 draft choices signed. 

    Korostelev played well at the rookie tournament and training camp last fall and has a career-high 27 goals with Sarnia/Peterborough and should get an entry-level deal or he goes back into the Draft. 

    Desrocher was old enough to play for the Toronto Marlies this season, but management deemed that another year in the OHL was better for his long-term development. It is possible the Leafs will offer the 21-year-old an AHL contract, as they did with draft pick Tony Cameranesi last summer. 

    The Mussel(in the comments) asks: When are we going to see Marchenko rotate into the lineup?

    A - Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said on Friday that they are in no rush to get Alexei Marchenko into the lineup, but if they decide to move either Matt Hunwick or Roman Polak at the deadline, the 25-year-old will see some action. 

    A – 65%

    BKups(in the comments) asks: Since a trade for a defenseman is most likely to occur in the off-season, who does Lou target (per previous blogs) from Anaheim, Minnesota, Philly)?

    A – This is pure guesswork on my part, but Shea Theodore from the Ducks, Matt Dumba or Jonas Brodin from the Wild and Travis Sanheim from the Flyers, all of who are under the age of 25. 

    A - If Tyler Bozak is moved, it will be this summer with a year left on his contract. Babcock does not appear to see William Nylander as the center, in spite of the organization playing him for the entire year up the middle.

    Matthews and Nazem Kadri will be the top two centers next season. 

    A - Who Toronto leaves exposed to expansion will depend on whether they make any trades before the Expansion Draft in late June. 

    If a deal involving Bozak or James van Riemsdyk occurs or the Leafs decide to leave Leo Komarov or Matt Martin unprotected, they could protect both youngsters.

    Neither player has played enough games to qualify for the 40/70 rule, which could mean that a player with an expiring contract (Ben Smith) gets resigned so that Toronto meets the requirements.  

    A – Winnipeg has a bevy of young forward talent, which means they don’t need Nylander and would likely want Jake Gardiner and a lot more in a deal for Trouba. 

    Highly regarded defensive prospects like Montour and Theodore and a youngster who has played two seasons in the NHL like Dumba are not going to be cheap. I do not see how Lamoriello gets any of them without dealing an equally promising young forward like Nylander in the deal. 

    A – Frederik Gauthier’s stint in the NHL was relatively successful and the Leafs like his size, smarts and ability to win face-offs and kill penalties. He is the favorite to be Toronto’s 4th line center next season. 

    The odds are slim that the Leafs will add role players to play fourth line duty before the deadline and they appear satisfied with what they have. 

    A – Not. A. Chance. 

    Beauchemin is 36 years old and has another year left on his contract at $4.5 Million. The former Leaf would be a solid veteran addition for a team looking for a short-term fix, but Toronto is looking for long-term answers on defense and not a stop-gap. 

    Plus, Beauchemin has a no-movement clause, how likely is it that he would waive it to come back to Toronto again? 

    There has been periodic speculation about the Leafs having interest in defenseman Tyson Barrie, who signed a four-year, $22 Million contract extension last summer, but the Avalanche have been asking for young blueliners in every potential deal for Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog. 

    Trading Barrie would create even more of a hole. 

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