Rumours: Campbell and Mikheyev updates, Dubas’ plan, fresh trade bait

In last week’s Rumour post I held out some hope that with scouting meetings wrapping up we might finally see some tangible rumours develop this week. That was wishful thinking and we are still very much at the mercy of a very quiet Leafs organization that doesn’t want to tip their hand one way or another. The silence from the Leafs organization is probably a positive thing and certainly seems more respectful of the players, but on the other hand, it makes me nervous having no idea what could be coming and often leads to raised expectations.
In the spirit of that, let’s start with a refresher from Kyle Dubas’ end of season press availability that spelled out some of what could be explored this summer:
I don’t think that we just want to start making changes that may be lateral or make us inferior as a team just to say that we changed something.
I think this one is a pretty straightforward one and in many ways a throwaway statement. No one goes into a trade trying to get back the same value or trading from an area of need that they’d need to replace with a similar player at a similar cost. I mean, you could do that if you plan gaining assets via trade and then be aggressive in free agency, but there is more risk associated with that approach than GMs like.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

What the Maple Leafs Want and What They Might Have to Settle for at This Year’s Trade Deadline

Rumour season is upon us, so just a friendly reminder to look for the verification checkmark and double-check profiles before sharing the latest spoof post. But with it comes lots of speculation and anticipation for the March 21st trade deadline. Chris Johnston shared some insight this week on what the Maple Leafs may want to do, but also what they might have to settle for at this year’s trade deadline.
The first time was on TSN’s insider trading earlier in the week, where he said the Maple Leafs would prefer to acquire players at this year’s deadline with term remaining on their contracts. I don’t know how they would pull it off, but you have my attention, Mr. Johnston. The Leafs already need to move money off the roster to acquire anyone of note for this season. The 2022 offseason will be challenging. Jack Campbell, Ilya Mikheyev, and Jason Spezza will be UFAs, while Ondrej Kase, Pierre Engvall, Rasmus Sandin, and Timothy Liljegren will be RFAs. The salary cap should increase from $81.5M to 82.5M. Phil Kessel’s $1.2M in retained salary is also finally coming off the books. But almost all of that will be eaten up by Morgan Rielly’s new contract extens …

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Author: Stephen Brown / The Leafs Nation

Luis Castillo is someone worth going all-in on via trade

As the off-season begins, so does the rumour mill across the major leagues, which may suggest a potential blockbuster trade between the Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds could be on the horizon in the coming months.

Starting with the Reds, who finished third in the National League Central Division this past season, they’re facing financial restrictions this winter and will be looking to significantly reduce their payroll prior to the 2022 campaign. Wasting no time addressing this difficult situation, their franchise has already parted ways with expendable pieces such as Wade Miley and Tucker Barnhart, freeing up $17.75 million.
Unfortunately for their fanbase, this recent purge will likely extend beyond those two players and could ultimately include some of the club’s talented starting pitchers, most notably, Luis Castillo. While the 28-year-old has reportedly been made available in previous off-seasons, this might finally be the one where he’s dealt to a playoff contender.

Trade market news: #Reds RHP Luis Castillo, who had a 2.73 ERA from June 1 onward, already is drawing interest from teams across @MLB. The Reds are willing to engage in talks on the 28-year-old, who will be eligible for free agency after ‘23. @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 8, 2021



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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Rumour Nest: Marcus Stroman said he would be open to a Blue Jays reunion

Rumours, yes rumours, not rumors. I am Canadian. What is a rumour though? Rumour was an album released in 1977, over two decades before I was born. It is by far the best album Fleetwood Mac released, in fact, it is one of the best albums, period.  Rumours could also be the source of drama when you were in high school. 

However, this is a Blue Jays blog site and neither of those rumours have anything to do with the beloved Blue Birds. This begs the question, why the heck am I writing about rumours.
Well, dear reader, since the Blue Jays season is done, I’ll be doing a new series about rumours surrounding potential trades/signings related to the Blue Jays.
Firstly, we’ll cover a rumour about a former Blue Jays, Marcus Stroman.

I’m definitely open to a reunion.
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) October 3, 2021

I think before we start, regardless of how you feel about Stroman as a player, it’s important to call out racism as you see it. He has received quite a lot of it throughout his career which is 100% unacceptable.
With all that being said, we’ll start with Marcus Stroman as the rumour …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Rumours: Will Rielly re-sign, the impact of the expansion draft, and some Matthew Tkachuk clickbait

It’s another rumour column, and my stars do I miss Brian Burke at times like this. The radio silence under Kyle Dubas and Lou Lamoriello during the playoffs drives me mad. This is the one time I miss the bluster of Burke, because by now he’d be promising to acquire a first round pick, if not the first overall pick, and probably already be under investigation for tampering with a free agent. Of course none of that stuff would ever turn into anything for the Leafs, but it made for a brief period of optimism and entertainment before settling for Brad Ross and Jonas Gustavsson.
Instead here’s what is out there at the moment…
Rielly staying?
Pierre LeBrun was recently exploring what defensemen around the league might have a change of address in the offseason and one of those players mentioned was Morgan Rielly. It seems like the intention on behalf of the Leafs is to negotiate an extension following the late July blitz of Expansion Draft, Entry Draft, and Free Agency and there seems to be mutual interest from both the Leafs and Rielly for Morgan to remain a Leaf.
The interesting bit comes at the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Rumours: Quick isn’t going to happen, cold water on Palmieri, paying teams to retain salary, and a wild Bertuzzi appears

One of my favourite parts of rumour season is when you come across something so incredibly stupid that you worry that it has to be true because no one is just going to create it out of nothing.                            So goes the Jonathan Quick to Toronto rumour.
The Leafs are on the verge of losing their declining starter and his $5M at the end of this season to free agency, a move to bring in Quick would be one to bring in an older starter, with more term, more cap hit, and even worse results. The argument for Quick being that he got along well with Jack Campbell. You know who gets along with Jack Campbell? Everybody.
The idea of Quick coming in would be based on the Kings retaining salary, and that really doesn’t make it much more enticing. It still results in the Leafs paying over 3x the cost of Michael Hutchinson for essentially the same results. Even if the goal was to trade Frederik Andersen for Quick, and have half of Quick’s cap hit retained, I’m not sure the $2.1M cap savings now vs. the extra two years of having a $2.9M mediocre backup make …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam should be untouchable in any Harden trade

Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam should be untouchable in any Harden trade

The NBA season may have tipped-off, but the rumour mill is still rolling with the Toronto Raptors being reported as an active contender for James Harden. It is no secret that James Harden wants out of Houston. The Toronto Raptors have had some buzz in the Harden sweepstakes lately and have even been rumoured as a current […]
Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam should be untouchable in any Harden trade – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ