Is James Neal a Target for the Toronto Maple Leafs?

July 14th, 2010 by Greg Thomson Leave a reply »

Brian Burke still hasn’t been presented with what he deems to be a "fair" trade offer for Tomas Kaberle, but he may have found a dancing partner.

According to reporter Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, the Stars have offered restricted free-agent forward James Neal a two-year contract worth $2.5 million per season. Neal apparently wants a “longer term deal for more money.”

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk would like to re-sign the two-time 20 goal scorer to a multi-year contract, although his hands are tied because Stars Owner Tom Hicks has the team in bankruptcy, while attempting to sell them.

The Leafs have the luxury of spending to the cap limit and may capitalize on the Stars situation by trading for James Neal or signing him to an offer sheet. Neal would ultimately fill the Leafs need for another top-six forward to compliment Phil Kessel. The 22-year old scored 27 goals and 28 assists for 55 points in 78 games last season. He ...

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