Maple Leafs Rumors: Latest Free-Agent Updates and Trade Chatter

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Maple Leafs Rumors: Latest Free-Agent Updates and Trade Chatter
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The Leafs did make some additions on the first two days of free agency but they suffered some setbacks as well.

Toronto inked Stephane Robidas and Leo Komarov as free agents while acquiring forward Matt Frattin in a trade with Columbus.

The Maple Leafs also took a major hit when Josh Gorges accepted a trade to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. They also struck out on Paul Stastny, who went to the St. Louis Blues. Forward Nikolai Kulemin has also now signed a four-year deal with the New York Islanders.

Here's a look at the Maple Leafs moves thus far in free agency, beginning with the most recent.

Update: July 1, 2:25 p.m. ET by Franklin Steele

The Leafs have brought back Leo Komarov after going all the way to Russia to pitch to him.

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Update: July 1, 1:47 p.m. ET by Franklin Steele

After missing out on Gorges, Toronto finds the defenseman they were hunting for.

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Update: July 1, 1:31 p.m. ET by Franklin Steele

Maple Leafs swing a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Update: July 1, 11:46 a.m. ET by Franklin Steele

Gorges took a deal for the Sabres over the Maple Leafs.

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Update: July 1, 10:24 a.m. ET by Franklin Steele

Don't look for Toronto to ease off of their chase for Gorges today, but don't expect a change of heart from the Montreal Canadiens defenseman either.

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 Original Text

The Toronto Maple Leafs should be one of the most interesting teams to watch during this summer's free-agency extravaganza. Dave Nonis added the talented William Nylander in the first round of the 2014 entry draft and also landed hard-nosed defenseman Roman Polak from the St. Louis Blues.

The Leafs had a disastrous free-agency period just one year ago, but don't expect them to stand pat. David Clarkson hasn't panned out as expected, but that won't prevent Nonis from getting in on some of the biggest names available.

He spoke to Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star about that very thing recently.

"We’ll be active," Nonis said. "We've contacted a lot of different people. We’ll be talking to them more on (July 1). If there’s a fit there, I wouldn't rule out adding a defenceman and/or a forward, but I wouldn't promise it, either. I’m not sure what’s going to happen and where the money is going to go, but we will be active."

While team president Brendan Shanahan added that he doesn't think teams should rely on July 1 in that same Star column, Toronto will be considering a handful of tantalizing options—namely, Paul Stastny.

A few in-house issues will likely resolve themselves on the first day of free agency as well. Shanahan has made it clear to the public that he'd like to re-sign David Bolland, while James Reimer and his RFA status could also be taken care of.

Will the Leafs go out and land one of the biggest fish of free agency? Or did the franchise learn its lesson the hard way through the laughable Clarkson contract? We'll know in due time. 

 

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