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No one team has had their hand in as many rumors as the Toronto Maple Leafs. It could be attributed that the sport is reported in no greater detail than the Leafs’ home, but nearly all players on the block have been affiliated with Toronto in some way.
They have been linked to Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown and Mason Raymond. They are also been rumored to be dealing away young defender Luke Schenn in an effort to bring in those players.
For all that talk, Toronto has done nothing. But the carrot of Rick Nash still dangles out there.
The proud hockey town is in danger of missing the playoffs for the eighth straight year as the Leafs balance precariously just outside of that last playoff spot.
Toronto is reportedly one of two teams left, along with the San Jose Sharks, in the Nash sweepstakes, with the Leafs having the advantage as Nash listed the franchise as one of his preferred destinations.
All the smoke and mirrors could pay off for GM Brian Burke if he is to land Nash, ending the long-suffering the Toronto loyals have endured.