* Heading into the 2013 season, the Toronto Maple Leafs were the consensus team to add a goaltender. With rumors breaking during the lockout, many believed it was a foregone conclusion that Vancouver Canucks backstop Roberto Luongo would be wearing a Maple Leaf sweater when the collective bargaining negotiations were through.
However, that has yet to come to fruition and seems less likely to occur given general manager Dave Nonis' insistence that he doesn't want to give up too much young talent.
While Nonis might not be interested in Luongo, he is still interested in adding a veteran goaltender, via Pro Hockey Talk:
"Yes," Nonis replied, when asked by TSN1050′s Dave Naylor if Toronto was still looking to acquire an experienced goalie. "Both our goalies are aware of it, it's not that we don't think we have NHL-calibre goaltenders, or goalies with the ability to become very good starting goaltenders. But if we could add someone to help them along, a veteran that would help them grow, then we would do it."
* A name often included in any trade rumor coming out of Toronto is that of center Tyler Bozak. With the 26-year-old playing in the final year of a two-year contract, he will be eligible for unrestricted-free agency after this season.
This will require the Maple Leafs to contemplate a few options, via Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star:
So GM Dave Nonis has to decide - presumably sooner rather than later -what he thinks Bozak's future is with the team.
He could try to sign Bozak to a contract extension, and so far there is no indication from either side that any talks are happening. Or he could move Bozak as part of a deal to get another player; the trade deadline is April 3.
* A potential rumor Bozak could find himself involved with is the on-going situation with the Colorado Avalanche and restricted-free agent Ryan O'Reilly.
With O'Reilly assumed to have played his final game in an Avalanche sweater, much of the hockey world is anticipating where the 22-year-old forward will play next. On Monday night, Renaud Lavoie of RDS wrote a french-language report detailing that the Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers have all been rumored as potential landing spots for O'Reilly.
According to Lavoie, the Flyers inquired about the price it would take to land him, with the Avalanche asking for young forward Sean Couturier. Philadelphia is believed to value Couturier as an "untouchable" player.
* Arthur Staple of Newsday profiled the plausibility of the New York Islanders leveraging defensemen Mark Streit and/or Lubomir Visnovsky in future trades. With both players unrestricted-free agents at the conclusion of the season, general manager Garth Snow could move them at the trade deadline to help the future of the team.
However, that appears to be dependent upon where the Islanders stand at that point in the season, via Newsday:
If they stumble and fall too far out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, Snow might have some of the best trade chips available in Streit and Lubomir Visnovsky, two veteran defensemen in a league crying out for such players.
Staple reports that the team is currently negotiating a new contract with Streit and has expressed interest in remaining with the team.
* In addition, Staple reports that the club is shopping center Marty Reasoner, who has been a healthy scratch. However, the team hasn't received many hits and will likely place him on waivers.
* If the Islanders do decide to trade either Streit or Visnovsky, Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal believes the Edmonton Oilers would be a team interested in making a deal.
Willis believes Visnovsky would be a more realistic target, but believes the Oilers would be more interested in Streit, via the Edmonton Journal:
The Edmonton Oilers have long been one of the teams rumoured to be interested in Streit, likely in no small part due to the familiarity head coach Ralph Krueger has with the player. Krueger spent most of the last decade as Switzerland's head coach at the World Championships and Olympics, and Streit has played just under 100 games over his career for those teams.