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NHL Rumors: Toronto Maple Leafs blue line questions, and is John Klingberg an LTIR candidate?


Sportsnet: David Amber, Nick Kypreos and Justin Boure discuss in regards to the Toronto Maple Leafs blue line and what’s wanted.

** NHLRumors.com transcription

Amber: “Alright, let’s have an even bigger image now and we talked in regards to the Leafs defensive core and, you recognize, Jake McCabe clearly one of many glue guys there. So right here’s their, kind of their defensive, defensive depth chart. Simple to say (Conor) Timmins, (Timothy) Liljgren, (John) Klingberg all injured. Klingberg is a part of the equation right here as nicely proper Nick?

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Kypreos: “He’s, and we imagine that Conor Timmins might be accessible as early as subsequent week, subsequent weekend, Chicago and Pittsburgh.

However Klingberg’s the query mark right here, the place you’re going, transferring ahead with him. And, you recognize, hypothesis for me has all the things to do with perhaps two hip surgical procedures earlier in his profession and whether or not or not these are coming again to hang-out him proper now.

However then the larger query is, guys, the names Zadorov, Tanev, they’re on the market. Who else is on the market? Who would the Leafs probably be competing in opposition to? And you recognize, simply to deliver this again full circle with you JB, if, if McCabe is the McCabe that the Leafs thought they have been getting, does that make a Zadorov much less enticing? Can you have got Zadorov and McCabe in the identical lineup?

Is Zadorov higher than McCabe?

Bourne: “For those who have a look at what the Leafs don’t have, I believe you’ll say, massive sturdy guys who hit, which McCabe does do, and supply some offense which Zadorov does do, McCabe not a lot.

So he does have some parts the Leafs don’t have. However good McCabe would possibly present a few of that. He additionally makes $2 million for them, which is very nice this 12 months and subsequent.

Kypreos: “And yeah, for me, is Zadorov, is he a legit top-four? I don’t assume so. I believe he’s McCabe when McCabe’s on and yeah, I get it, he’s greater and he can have an even bigger affect on hits.”

Amber: “He did have 14 targets final 12 months. He did, he did present some offensive we haven’t seen from many Leafs blue liners although.”

Bourne: The Leafs getting none of that. That they had no offense from the backend in any respect.

Kypreos: I simply don’t know if he’s a top-four kind of man for a staff just like the Leafs who nonetheless count on to be…”

Amber: So who can be the match then Nick if you happen to’re enjoying, you recognize, it’s arduous as a result of…”

Kypreos: “The most important drawback right here is like many groups it’s money-in money-out.

Amber: “Sure.”

Kypreos: “So what are you going to need to sacrifice. However for me the Leafs must deal with a legit top-four. Out of Calgary, I believe Hanifin can be a lot better for the Leafs in an ideal world, exterior of how do you get him then a man like Zadorov.

Bourne: “Is Klingberg even tradable although, like given this damage stuff. Like he’s a man you’re speaking cash out?

Kypreos: “Yeah, no, no. Klingberg’s on the level now the place it might price you a draft decide or a prospect to get his cash out as early as now.

Bourne: “Any probability he’s LTIR candidate?

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Kypreos: “I believe there’s a superb opportunity primarily based on what we hear out of Sweden.”

Amber: “Wow. In order that’s fascinating. One thing to control, and once more, commerce headlines till March eighth, so say a few of this juice for the subsequent few months. However clearly the Leafs, it does seem like they are going to be ultimately available in the market after all to maintain including depth.



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