By S Michael
Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Kyle Dubas is treating these weeks heading up to the trade deadline like he making moves on a fantasy team. What is undeniable though, is that he is doing whatever is humanly possible to try and make this team a winner (or at least get through the first round).
The Sad Part:
TSN’s Mark Masters captured this moment today as Pierre Engvall and Rasmus Sandin said good-bye to their teammates, especially the other Swedish members on the squad.
Both guys worked hard for the Leafs and I am a little worried that we have moved Rasmus before he has hit his peak, but again Dubas is clearly all-in.
The Great Return:
Luke Schenn is coming back to Toronto where he started his NHL career. I love this move and I think the crowd is going to go crazy when he steps back on to the ice in Toronto. Schenn was drafted by the Leafs in the first round (5th overall) back in 2008 and was solid on a very bad team for four seasons.
He also started “Luke’s Troops” where he gave tickets to members of the military to thank them for their service. I hope that also returns as well!
Scheen played for a few different teams since leaving the Leafs and was even sent down to the minors. He not only played his way back into the NHL, he won the Stanley Cup with the same Tampa Bay Lightning team that the Leafs will play in the first round. He will be our not-so-secret weapon.
A note of trivia here as well. Luke was traded in 2012 for none other than James Van Riemsdyk who many believe will be traded before the deadline. I think Dubas should go get JVR and then bring back Kessel too!