Team(s) Interested: Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN/TSN recently claimed Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson is available, and that 2 teams, Montreal and Tampa, are looking for help on the back end. Toronto currently has too many NHL quality defensemen, with Carl Gunnarson, Dion Phaneuf, Keith Aulie, Luke Schenn, Mike Komisarek, JM Liles, Jeff Finger, Jake Gardiner and Matt Lashoff all NHL ready. The 3 names mentioned in trade rumors the last few days have been Aulie, Franson and Gunnarson. Franson is believed to have the most trade value. Andrei Markov has been injured for too long, and Jaroslav Spacek is also attracted to injuries.  Franson, part of a four-player swap this summer between the Leafs and Nashville Predators, has only played in 3 games with the Leafs this season after Gardiner beat him out as the 6th defense. Franson has enough skill to be on any NHL squad, so look for him to be traded.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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