The Toronto Maple Leafs enter the new year sitting in second place of the Atlantic Division.
Toronto has completely turned it around are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and have won seven of their last eight.
Despite the success, some of their players in the AHL aren't happy.
Last week, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported that Jeremy Bracco, Dmytro Timashov and Ben Harpur had all been placed on the trade block.
During his latest "31 Thoughts" article, Friedman went into a bit more detail and revealed that three players actually requested a trade.
"I went to Game 7 of the Calder Cup Final in 2018 (Toronto beat Texas that night for the championship in a packed, crazed rink — was a fun night). During one of the intermissions, I ran into the great Rich Clune, who was not dressed for the game. He pointed to the person standing next to him and asked, “Have you ever met Jeremy Bracco?” I hadn’t. He said, “You’re going to see plenty of him.” Bracco only dressed for four games in that run, but finished second in the AHL in scoring last season and is fifth in assists this year.
His path to the Maple Leafs is blocked by some elite, elite skill and he wants to see if there’s a better opportunity somewhere else. Toronto is willing to accommodate, but have not been shy in their asks, apparently. I’m curious to see what the market is. I’m also curious to see if this could be part of a bigger deal.
Ben Harpur and Dmytro Timashov have also asked Toronto to see what’s out there for them."
As much potential as Bracco has, it doesn't sound like we'll ever get to see it develop in Toronto.