Rumor: Mikael Samuelsson to sign with Toronto once...
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05-19-2005, 12:19 PM
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Interesting. Another scrappy checker like Kukumberg, I guess.
Maybe the Leafs are going to make a trade, because they don't really need this type of player right now. At least, I wouldn't rate it as one of their top 5 needs.
They have plenty of cheap young guys to play on the 3rd line, like Stajan, Antropov, Ponikarovksy, Kukumberg and so on. Most of those guys were drafted fairly high in relative terms and should not be blocked by a vet player, so perhaps one or two are going to be moved when action finally resumes. I would not be surprised at all to see Nolan or McCabe moved along with a sweetener for some younger players and/or picks. This will clear cap room to rebuild a great team around Sundin while adding badly needed draft choices.
Perhaps the Leafs are trying to finally build a real checking line? Good call, but Pat Quinn doesn't really coach defence very well so I don't see how that's going to work.
It's not Quinn's style to have these kind of players. Then again...his extension has not been signed yet, has it?
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