After trading defenceman Tomas Kaberle on Friday, the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to add a player to their back end.
“We’ve got couple of things going. I don’t know if anything is going to come of it or not,” said Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke while talking to over 300 Maple Leafs fans at the MasterCard Centre today. “We’re trying to add by tomorrow if we can. We’re trying to put a player in the lineup that can help us as soon as possible.”
The Leafs general manager also claims that after adding Joffrey Lupul to the lineup, the team is not worried about their current group of forwards.
“We’ve had some discussion about forwards we’d have to consider but it’s not our priority. Our priority would be adding a defenceman,” said Burke.
Burke says that he will be meeting with Clarke MacArthur’s agent, Don Meehan, this week to begin working on a new contract.
“I know he’s said he’d like to stay. I think he’d be crazy not to, playing in a city like this with linemates (Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin) like that. But we haven’t put amounts on it,” Burke said.
He went on to say that if the two sides are not able to agree on a new contract, he will look at trading MacArthur.
“That’s going to happen this week. If he doesn’t agree to something that makes sense, we’re going to listen (to offers). It’s not an easy player to quantify. It’s a player who has averaged roughly 40 points his whole career, now he’s on a pace for 80 or whatever it is. It’s not easy to quantify what a player like that is worth,” said Burke.
MacArthur has 17 goals and 28 assists for a team-leading 45 points this season.
On a side note, Leafs defenceman Brett Lebda was helped off the ice during Leafs practice today. He took a slapshot off the inside of his left foot. It is still unknown whether he will play tomorrow night against the Islanders.
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