Maple Leafs Hits: Bernier, Phaneuf, Lupul, Gagner, Stastny, Komisarek, Bozak, MacArthur, Grabovski and Liles

  • Renaud Lavoie: The Leafs and Jonathan Bernier’s agent spoke yesterday. Contract talks will start this week. Darren Dreger: Will talk in the next day or two. Bernier could become a UFA in three years. L.A. Lariviere: Bernier’s deal could get done before the draft “to avoid distractions,” according to agent.
  • Darren Dreger: Sounding like the Maple Leafs expect to be busy on the trade front this week. Looking for a young center and a top 4 defenseman.
  • Darren Dreger: There are some rumblings that Dion Phaneuf could be in play. GM Dave Nonis has said he’d trade just about anyone, but said that nobody has called about Phaneuf yet. Bob McKenzie: Adds that he is hearing the same.
  • Darren Dreger: Toronto would trade Joffrey Lupul, James van Reimsdyk and just about anyone if the return is good enough. All unlikely scenarios.
  • Howard Berger: Doesn’t expect the Leafs to trade Phaneuf as they’d have to replace his 30-35 minutes a game and physical ability.
  • David Staples: Insiders saying the Maple Leafs are interested in Oilers center Sam Gagner. Josh Rimer tweeted yesterday “”Hearing Leafs have had discussions with Oilers about Sam Gagner. Leafs are looking for a young centre and he certainly fits the bill. … I do see the Leafs adding one of Gagner, Stastny or Stephen Weiss. … Vancouver has also has discussions about Gagner as Sam’s dad Dave is part of Canucks MGMT.”Dreger noted that anything is possible, but the Oilers and Gagner are working on a new contract. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has called a press conference for Tuesday.
  • Adrian Dater: Not aware of any trade talks, but mentions if Phaneuf is available and the Avalanche were to land him, would certainly have to include Paul Stastny. Phaneuf’s cap hit is $6.5 million, Stastny’s is $6.6 million.
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Five Maple Leafs to watch: 1. Mike Komisarek – buyout. 2. Tyler Bozak – said to be looking for Grabovski money ($5.5 million) which is about $1.5 million more than the Maple Leafs are thinking. 3. Dion Phaneuf – Leafs looking for top four defenseman but could be willing to move Phaneuf in the right deal. 4. Clarke MacArthur – were reports that he wouldn’t be back, but with Leo Komarov and Matt Frattin gone, that may change if the price is right. 5. Nazem Kadri – need to lockup the RFA who made $1.7 million last year.
  • Howard Berger: Leafs will use compliance buyout on Mike Komisarek and possibly on Mikhail Grabovski and John-Michael Liles depending on what their replacement options would be.
  • Howard Berger: Whispers that Tyler Bozak has played his final game in a Leafs jersey as Nonis won’t come close to his asking price.
  • Howard Berger: Hearing that the Leafs are interesting in bringing in another goalie, maybe a UFA, as insurance of a Bernier or Reimer injury.
  • Chris Johnston of SportsNet: Kings GM Dean Lombardi:

    “It’s very difficult to get market value for a guy who is going to be a No. 1,” Lombardi said on a Sunday afternoon conference call. “You do the best you can and this was the best deal. Toronto was certainly aggressive.

    “If you get a No. 1 goalie you can’t put a price on that.”

    One of the first things Dave Nonis did when he took over from Brian Burke was to call Lombardi about Bernier.

    “We were close a couple times, but there was always something that kind of stopped the deal,” said Nonis. “Most of it was in place months ago and we just found a time that was right for both sides.”



    June 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I would agree that it would be no real surprise for the Leafs to add a centre, and Gagner, Weiss or Statsny may be logical targes. It sure sounds like Nonis is ready to let Bozak walk . I would be surprised if Phaneuf was dealt, but stranger things have happened. With the Bernier deal, it seems that Nonis wasn’t completely sold on Reimer, and if he isn’t able to re-sign Bozak, look for a trade to obtain a centre, for sure. I know the Leafs would like to add a high end defenceman , but I doubt they can orchestrate a trade, for say, a Yandle type player.

  2. hotwings

    June 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

    dont forget about the other top free agents out there — david clarkson… toronto born if i recall… i think most would take him over weiss, gagner, stastny, etc… i would expect they would have to pay him grabo type money though..

    also… i think i would take riberio over weiss, gagner, stastny.. if we are getting rid of komorov.. he would be a nice replacement in the agitator department..

  3. Jared

    June 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Really upset about the Bernier trade. Philly should’ve sweetened the pot imo and fought harder for him. Then, Bryz could’ve been bought out and we’d start the season with a Bernier/Mason tandem. Now THAT would’ve been fun to watch and I feel both GTs would’ve risen to the occasion to fight for the #1 spot.

    I would’ve given up Read, B. Schenn and a 3rd rounder for Bernier….and that – imo – would landed Philly the trade as I feel TOR wouldn’t have met that with a similar offer.

    Only Coots, Jake, G and Simmer would’ve been off-limits from my young core.

    Toronto won this trade.

  4. john

    June 24, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Dreams is u think that Carlyle is going to give up komarov or bozak.. nonis isn’t an idiot, bozak is playing like a #1 but at a lower cost. Smarten up and look at this logically.. bozak lupul ain’t going anywhere

  5. Cory

    June 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm


    Bozak is playing like a #3 center but wants to be paid 5.5 million (#1 center price)

    He’s not worth more than 4M and even that is pushing it.

    Bozak is GONE and thank god for that

  6. Jeff

    June 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Did someone above actually compare Ribiero to Komorov ? #huh?

  7. tiedummy

    June 24, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Jeff I had to have a beer and a laff on that one besides did Komorov not already sign in mother Russia
    ribero beter then most but still not the answer for 1st
    never seen monaghan play
    cant believe philly bailed on the Bernier deal..proves homer is gm of flyers
    dave Bolland will probably be available ..good 2nd for leafs
    Bickle would give us some muscle in top 6 for under 3.5
    we don’t need any more smurfs
    still think Vinny our best play..we got the money to bail out down the line

  8. tiedummy

    June 24, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Jared he will probably sign Mike Smith Day 1 of FA good signing at 6 for 6
    and how are things at subway..

  9. tiedummy

    June 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Rick really cant see anyone giving up much for Dion maybe a 2nd and a low level prospect to rent him for the year