The talks may be informal, but Mike Cammalleri believes the NHL should bring another team to Toronto.
Whispers of the league considering putting another team there to compete with the Toronto Maple Leafs made their way to the Saddle-dome before last night's game between Cammalleri's Calgary Flames and the Washington Capitals.
"I think they should, no doubt," said Cammalleri, who was born in Richmond Hill, Ont. "If the New York area can have three hockey teams ...
"I know there might be an effect on Buffalo. A lot of my friends have season tickets in Buffalo that are from Toronto. I don't know what the residual effect would be beyond that, but it just seems crazy to me a market like southern Ontario doesn't have another hockey team in the NHL. I'm a big proponent. I think they should have one, for sure."
Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau is a fan of the idea as well.
The Toronto-born bench boss wonders, though, how it might impact other teams in the Greater Toronto Area.
"The only thing I'd worry about is how much junior hockey would lose," Boudreau said. "They've got three junior teams -- in Mississauga, Brampton and Oshawa -- and if you put another team in Toronto ... I think the junior teams would suffer.
"As to being able to support an NHL team, there's no doubt in my mind Toronto would be able to."
Mike Keenan agrees the area would have no problem drawing crowds.
"Southern Ontario is a huge hockey population and base," said Keenan, who was born in Bowmanville.
Like Cammalleri, Keenan wasn't sure that idea would please the Buffalo Sabres.
"I don't know how fun it would be in the eyes of people from Buffalo."