The best part of this time around the draft and free agency is the rumours surrounding the Maple Leafs and other teams throughout the NHL.
Similar to Lou Lamoriello, Toronto GM Kyle Dubas has always been good at keeping his circle close — not allowing anything to seep out to the media. It might happen at some points, however it’s never any huge trades or signings. If there is the chance it occurs, it’s always the insiders reporting it right as it happens.
There’s four days until the draft which means things are beginning to heat up. The rumour mill has begun spinning for the first time since the trade deadline.
In the final written 32 Thoughts of the season, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman discusses a number of doings sorrounding the Maple Leafs, but drops an “irresponsible whopper of a long-shot prediction” too.
“They (Maple Leafs) take a look at (Claude) Giroux, but it means someone big goes.” —Friedman
Now, there were also a few other little tidbits in this article — most of which we already knew of. The Maple Leafs are still struggling to sign Jack Campbell, but deadlines might change how that goes. Rasmus Sandin’s situation remains both interesting and tricky, according to Friedman.
He even drops news that Toronto has interviewed Edmonton Oilers goalie development coach Sylvain Rodrigue. That could be an interesting development in the future.
I do want to circle back on Giroux, tho …
Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation