Next up for the Maple Leafs — the trade deadline.
With rumours sure to swirl around Leaf camp — Miikka Kiprusoff’s name keeps popping up — the Leafs don’t play again until Thursday, a day after the trade deadline passes.
While most of the rest of the league play with the cloud of possible trades looming overhead, the Maple Leafs hit this particular drive with some much-needed time off.
The Leafs are on a 5-0-3 run after a 4-0 win Saturday over Ottawa, powered by a hat trick from Nazem Kadri and a shutout from James Reimer.
They took Sunday off and still have a few days to work out hit the ice Monday for practice. They play only two games this week — Thursday at home to the Philadelphia Flyers and Saturday at New Jersey.
Leo Komarov (shoulder injury) and Clarke MacArthur (undisclosed injury) took part in Monday’s practice.
Reimer’s shutout seems not to have put an end to speculation that GM Dave Nonis will look for help in net as the Leafs appear to be headed toward their first playoffs since 2004.
As for Kiprusoff, nothing seemed imminent with mixed signals emanating from the Flames goalie. His wife just had a baby, and, according to some he’s let it be known he won’t report if traded.