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14th of December 2018

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Leafs trade Leivo to Canucks for Michael Carcone

Kyle Dubas kept his word to Josh Leivo.

The Maple Leafs general manager told Leivo and the player’s agent, Ian Pulver, during the summer that he would try to trade Leivo if it became apparent that the latter was going to have a challenge to stay in the Toronto lineup.

Push came to shove with the signing of William Nylander, and on Monday, Leivo was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for forward Michael Carcone.

“My promise to them that if there was a situation looming where I saw that he was going to potentially be in that situation again (playing sparingly), we would try to facilitate a move to him for a better opportunity,” Dubas said. “I think he has earned that, through the way he has conducted himself in a very difficult circumstance here, so we were happy to do that.”

Leivo, picked 86th overall by the Leafs in 2011, had 28 points in 84 games in parts of six seasons with Toronto.

And don’t look at Carcone, a native of Ajax, Ont., simply as another player at the disposal of Toronto Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe.

Carcone, 22, had 17 points in 20 games for Utica of the American Hockey League.

“I know people may view it as we just acquired a body, but Sheldon is a big fan of his,” Dubas said. “We think that with his speed and his skill and his competitiveness, he will be someone that will have a chance with us.”

With the trade of Leivo, the Leafs recalled from the Marlies defenceman Travis Dermott, who had been sent to the farm team in a paper transaction.

Toronto Maple Leafs Josh Leivo celebrates his goal during 2nd period action against Boston Bruins at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on November 26, 2018. Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun

CONFIDENCE IN WILLIE

Dubas, naturally, doesn’t think Nylander will have a problem embracing the pressure that comes with signing a six-year contract that will pay him, on average, just under $7-million US after this season.

“I think he has a healthy belief in himself,” Dubas said. “I don’t think it’s arrogance. I think he knows what his potential is. We had a lot of discussions, he and I, about what his potential was and where he could get to in the league and where he could get to in this room.

“Not only is he aware he has that potential, but he is also aware of the work he needs to do to reach it. You see him and his personality and his disposition and it doesn’t really flinch or change regardless of what people say about him.

“Getting to know him over the years, I don’t think the contract will affect his daily improvement and his contribution.”

Can Nylander make the same kind of jump in his play that Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner have this season?

“He is still years away from his peak and his prime as a player, and I expect he is just going to continue to improve,” Dubas said.

LOOSE LEAFS

Goaltender Ian Scott was the lone Leafs prospect named to Canada’s 34-player roster of the world junior selection camp Dec. 11-14 in Victoria. Scott has been excellent for Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League, going 22-1-0 with a .943 save percentage. Dubas said he plans to loan Marlies defencemen Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren to Sweden for the world junior in Vancouver and Victoria. The 2019 tournament starts on Dec. 26 … When Nazem Kadri pinballed the puck into the net for the winning goal against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night, he couldn’t believe his luck. After all, Kadri has had little good fortune during the 2018-19 season. “It has been horrible,” Kadri said on Monday. “After all the off-the-bars-and-out, it was nice to put one in. I will take them any way I can get them. It doesn’t matter at this point.” The goal was Kadri’s eighth of the season and it broke a personal eight-game streak without one.

tkoshan@postmedia.com

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