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Maple Leafs showing interest in Detroit's Luke Glendening

Maple Leafs showing interest in Detroit's Luke Glendening
Published On: Sat, Feb 09
Mar 17, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Luke Glendening (41) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Red Wings won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Maple Leafs showed interest in Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening last season but ended up adding Tomas Plekanec at the deadline instead. That interest hasna€™t waned, according to Frank Seravalli of TSN, who reports that the Maple Leafs have a€œkicked the tiresa€ on Glendening again. Seravalli suggests a deal would need the Red Wings to retain salary on the fourth-line center, who carries a cap hit of $1.8M in each of the next two seasons.

The 29-year-old Glendening is an excellent faceoff man and penalty killer, and he is actually having the best offensive season of his career. Receiving more minutes than ever before, Glendening has 18 points in 54 minutes, on pace to easily cruise by his career-high of 21. That has also come with a surprisingly good +9 rating, despite still seeing heavy defensive zone deployment and losing the possession battle badly.

Toronto currently employs a pair of natural centers on the fourth line, with Frederik Gauthier usually playing in the middle with Par Lindholm on his wing. One of those two would likely be taken out of the lineup in favor of Glendening, a favorite of Mike Babcock since his days with the Red Wings.

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