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January 12, 2014 | 8:07pm ET
Maple Leafs could make a move soon
TheFourthPeriod.com

It's no secret the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to upgrade their roster, but there appears to be some debate as to which part of the roster needs fixing.

Leafs GM Dave Nonis has been looking for a top-six forward to add to his lineup, but it also hoping to bolster his team's overall defensive play.

The Leafs haven't exactly been lighting it up each game, currently ranking 20th in the NHL in goals, averaging 2.56 per game. However, the team is also 24th in the League in goals-against, averaging 2.98 per game.

Center Nazem Kadri is being dangled as trade bait, along with defensemen Jake Gardiner and Carl Gunnarsson.

It's believed Nonis would be willing to part with defenseman Cody Franson and goaltender James Reimer, as well, for the right price.

Two-way center Dave Bolland is expected to resume skating this week and will join the team on its upcoming roadtrip next week. The team has missed his presence in the lineup, especially defensively, and his return could keep Nonis focused on adding a goal-scoring forward.

The Leafs and Edmonton Oilers, who covet Gardiner, have scouted each other numerous times this season, prompting speculation that Toronto could be eyeing Oilers center Sam Gagner.

It's believed the Leafs are also chatting with the Winnipeg Jets about one of their forwards -- Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler -- but the Jets aren't selling either and would want a talent-for-talent swap.

The Leafs have lost four-straight heading into Sunday's game against the New Jersey Devils, and have just two regulation-wins in their last 19 games, dating back to Dec. 1.


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