Ian White, Mark Bell, Carlo Colaiacovo Shopped in Toronto
White, Colaiacovo, Bell Being Shopped by Leafs?
According to Darren Dreger, who now hosts Leafs Lunch on AM640 in Toronto, the Toronto Maple Leafs are apparently shopping forward Mark Bell, as well as defensemen Ian White and Carlo Colaiacovo.
Bell, whose numbers suffered in 2006-07 in San Jose, has apparently lost his roster spot to John Mitchell. White and Colaiacovo have played well this preseason, but do not appear to be in GM Cliff Fletcher's plans.
I have a hard time believing that Bell will draw any interest, with his steep $2 million price tag.
Meanwhile, White and Colaiacovo could be swapped for draft picks in order to return the picks spent on Jamal Mayers, Ryan Hollweg, and Mikhail Grabovski.
Assuming that Fletcher will be able to move Bell, I am all for it. While he is a great guy, he doesn't serve much of a purpose on the Maple Leafs' roster.
White is a smaller defenseman who is able to move the puck out of the zone but is completely replaceable.
When it comes to Colaiacovo, you are playing with fire.
If traded, Colaiacovo will always be remembered as the guy who teased the fans since being drafted. He often showed flashes of becoming a hard-hitting, big shot defenseman. Injuries have obviously slowed him.
Pavel Kubina was injured in Toronto's win over the St. Louis Blues on Monday. He is expected to miss about seven to 10 days. Should he miss over 10 days, he will sit out of the regular-season opener in Detroit against the Red Wings.
Kubina joins a laundry list of players who are limping in the Maple Leafs' training camp right now.
Jeff Finger, Jason Blake, Dominic Moore, Matt Stajan, and Nik Kulemin are all nursing injuries.
Kulemin, like Kubina, is also hobbled by a knee injury, which could also keep him out of action for seven to 10 days.
Schenn Soon to Be Signed?
According to the Toronto Sun, the Maple Leafs are close to signing defenseman Luke Schenn to a three-year entry-level deal.
Despite the possible signing, Howard Berger reports that unless the injuries to Kubina or Finger are serious, Schenn is still a long shot to make the big club, and will likely be sent back to the WHL.
Schenn has been the talk of camp so far, playing 20 plus minutes a night and looking calm and confident on the ice.
Just a reminder that tonight's game starts at 8:30 live on LeafsTV as the Maple Leafs head to St. Louis to battle the Blues in preseason action.
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