Around the Boards: Interest in Hagman, Kadri Call-up? Markov on Skates

  • Ron Longley of the Toronto Sun: Dave Nonis, Senior VP of hockey operations, and right hand man to Brian Burke, confirmed that the Maple Leafs have received interest in Niklas Hagman. Nonis said “We’ve been listening. There’s a big different between listening and shopping him. But we would listen to any offer that we thought might make the team better.” I don’t see how trading Hagman would improve the Leafs in the short run, as teams that are probably interested in him think they are close to contending and wouldn’t want to give up a solid roster player. Trading your 2nd best goal scorer for draft picks, only increases the chances that Boston will be picking in the Top 5 this season, and maybe Top 10 next year. Hagman has the talent to be a 30-35 goal scorer, which is pretty good for a 2nd line winger. With Hagman’s play of late, he might be working his way to a legitimate top 6 player, which would give the Leafs 2 (Kessel the other).
  • From ESPN’s Rumor Central: “The Toronto Maple Leafs might soon be pressured to bring up top prospect Nazem Kadri, especially if the Leafs have trouble shaking up the roster through trades.” I don’t know where this came and I’m sure there is no truth to it, just an attempt to start a rumor in Leafland (and the sad thing is, it will probably work).  The Leafs have been playing well the last 10-15 games, and have outplayed their opponents in most games. Bringing up Kadri would not help the Leafs win more games. Yes, they could use 2, top 2 centers but Kadri is not ready. If there are any call-ups, they’ll be from the AHL, and not the OHL.
  • Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Andrei Markov skated for 10 minutes yesterday for the second time since having his tendon on his left foot sliced during the first game of the season. Markov is slightly ahead of schedule and is aiming for an early January return. My fantasy team awaits your return.

5 Comments

  1. rockplus

    November 27, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I don’t think the Leafs are able to call up Kadri because he has a contract with them. Once they sent him to the OHL it was for the whole year.

  2. Jeff

    November 28, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Kadri has 10 points in his last 5 games, and after a slow start, is ripping up the OHL. He could absolutely help the Maple Leafs, but no need to rush this kid — rather, let him lead the Green Maple Leaf in Saskatoon instead.

  3. Jeff

    November 28, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Yes, they can call up Kadri — but if he plays more than 10 games, they lose a year of “control” over the player. He would become a restricted free agent a year sooner.

  4. Steve Jones

    November 28, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I think Rockplus is right, once a player is sent back to Junior, he can’t be recalled

  5. Jayme Hull

    December 28, 2009 at 2:20 am

    The Leafs can’t call Kadri up. Once a player has been sent back down to junior then they are stuck there for the remainder of the season. That is why they only have about 10 games or so at the start of the year to either keep a player or send him back to junior. A few years ago when Steve Mason was playing for Kitchener he got called up a few times to the NHL under some special emergency reserve clause (because the Columbus starter was injured)…but even then he wasn’t actually allowed to start a game or play in a game unless the starting goalie (Columbus’ normal back up goalie) was injured.