The Toronto Maple Leafs have had a busy weekend.
First, after reports that the Calgary Flames might get to host a second Winter Classic Jan. 1 in addition to the one the Boston Bruins are reportedly going to welcome to Fenway Park, the Leafs have expressed interest in serving as the Flames’ opponent at McMahon Stadium.
“We’re very interested,” Richard Peddie, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. told Sun Media. “If the National Hockey League invited us, we would jump at it. Any chance we have to bring the Leafs across Canada, we support.”
Then in the player-personnel department, the Leafs reportedly hosted free agent goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, as he continued his North American tour in search of an NHL club. As of today, neither the Leafs nor Gustavsson’s representatives had anything to say about the visit. But if the Leafs land the 24-year-old netminder, they’d probably take a major stride toward reaching the playoffs for the first time since the lockout.
Elsewhere around the division:
•Former Leafs star forward Doug Gilmour is waiting to hear if he’ll be among those inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. The announcement is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
•Ottawa is pondering its options at slot No. 9 for this week’s NHL Entry Draft.