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Leafs seek blue-liner

The Maple Leafs, still wheeling and dealing a week ahead of the NHL’strade deadline, are trying to trade for a defenceman in time fortonight’s game against the visiting New York Islanders.

The Maple Leafs, still wheeling and dealing a week ahead of the NHL’s trade deadline, are trying to trade for a defenceman in time for tonight’s game against the visiting New York Islanders.

They will also know in the next few days whether they are likely to keep Clarke MacArthur, the team’s leading scorer, or entertain trade offers for him in advance of the Feb. 28 deadline.

GM Brian Burke, after gamely participating in a question-and-answer session with fans during Family Day at the MasterCard Centre, said he’s been working the phones and firing off emails in an effort to land a blue-liner.

“We’ve got couple of things going. I don’t know if anything is going to come of it or not,” said Burke.

“We’re trying to put a player in the lineup that can help us as soon as possible.”

Burke has already said that he is looking to move the third-round pick the Leafs acquired from Philadelphia as part of the package for Kris Versteeg.

While Burke was already shaking the bushes looking for blue-line help, another defenceman got hurt at yesterday’s practice. A hobbling Brett Lebda had to be helped off the ice after he took a Dion Phaneuf slapshot off the inside of his left leg.

He has a bruise and will be evaluated again today. It’s not thought to be too serious.

Over the last two weeks, the Leafs have traded away defencemen Francois Beauchemin and Tomas Kaberle without receiving an NHL-ready defender in return.

 
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