According to TSN's hockey insider, Darren Dreger, the Toronto Maple Leafs have moved to the forefront of the race to sign renowned Swedish phenom Fabian Brunnstrom.
Apparently, Brunnstrom was days away from putting the finishing touches on a contract with the Vancouver Canucks, after having discussions about the team's future with former GM Dave Nonis. With the firing of Nonis, Brunnstrom's agent explained that without a GM in place, Fabian would prefer to look elsewhere, as he is unsure of the direction the organization would take.
During the 1st intermission of the Flyers-Capitals Game 5 on Saturday afternoon, Darren Dreger explained that Brunnstrom has now switched his attention to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he will most likely be able to receive top six forward minutes on a young, rebuilding team.
Brunnstrom's agent said that a decision will likely be finalized within the next 10 days.
In other news, young Swedish defenseman Anton Stralman expressed his displeasure with the way he was handled by the Maple Leafs in his first professional season after coming over from the SEL.
"Everything sounded so F'ing good before I went to Toronto, but it didn't turn out that way".
"Before this season Toronto had allot of highpriced veteran D's, so it was easier for them to send me to the AHL".
"It was tough to not feel any faith from them at all, and I ended up in a tough situation. At first I just wanted to call the papers and tell them how it really works in the NHL, but I accepted the situation and got to play some at the end".
"They have now promised that they will rebuild for next year. Its only to go to the camp and give it your all for a spot".