Cammalleri: Shanahan will turn around Leafs

Devils forward Mike Cammalleri talks to the media at the BioSteel Hockey Camp in Toronto on Monday....

Devils forward Mike Cammalleri talks to the media at the BioSteel Hockey Camp in Toronto on Monday. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:12 PM ET

TORONTO - Is there really a ballooning Snub Club of NHLers out there who have no interest in ever putting on a blue-and-white Maple Leafs uniform?

Or is it just the paranoia of a fragile fan base whose fears have been fuelled by seeing some NHLers land elsewhere despite efforts by the Leafs to woo them to the so-called Centre of the Hockey Universe?

With Toronto native David Bolland opting for a more lucrative offer from the Florida Panthers on July 1 after just one year as a Leaf, the conspiracy theories flourished. And they gained further momentum when Montreal defenceman Josh Gorges refused to waive his no-trade clause to come to Toronto, instead giving the thumbs up to a deal that sent him to the lowly Buffalo Sabres.

Gorges’ one-time Canadiens’ teammate, Mike Cammalleri, was also the source of similar scuttlebutt five years ago when the Richmond Hill native, a free agent at the time, decided to sign with the Habs, bypassing his hometown team in the process.


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