Sports Agent: Leivo doesn't want to leave Maple Leafs, but needs to play

22:01  05 february  2018
22:01  05 february  2018 Source:   theScore

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“I’ve been playing for long enough, so I know my skill set,” said Leivo , a 2011 third-round pick who has played 41 NHL games in the past four seasons, including 13 last year. If I’m in Leivo ’s shoes, I honestly don’ t know which I want more 2017 Toronto Maple Leafs Prospect Rankings: The Full List.

Little-used Josh Leivo dreams of regular duty with Leafs but needs to play somewhere, agent says after report of trade request. It’s not that Josh Leivo wants to be traded by the Maple Leafs . He loves being a Leaf .

Josh Leivo just wants to play hockey, plain and simple.

The Toronto Maple Leafs forward has served largely as a healthy scratch this season - dressing in just 12 games - and hasn't seen game action since Dec. 31. Subsequently, he's reportedly requested a trade, Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos said Saturday during Hockey Night in Canada's "Headlines" segment.

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Leivo's agent Ian Pulver wouldn't confirm the report, but noted that the 24-year-old wants to get back to playing regularly, per The Athletic's Jonas Siegel.

"Josh is a player who would stand in front of a train for the Toronto Maple Leafs," Pulver said. "Josh was drafted by the Leafs and he wants to be a long-time Leaf. He would love to be in the lineup Monday night, and every night thereafter. Having said that, he hasn't been in the lineup for a long time, and hasn't played much in the past two seasons. He has reached a point in his career where he simply needs to play regularly.

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The Maple Leafs have a healthy record and are sitting never the top of the league in standings. Last season Leivo spent the majority of his time getting to play on a pretty solid and established line with Nazem Kadri and Leo Leivo needs to get into 39 games this year to remain a restricted free agent .

Josh Leivo was the best Toronto Maple Leafs player on the ice last night. Leivo could realistically play the left or right side, but the left seems harder to squeeze him in with Zach Hyman, James van Riemsdyk And do you really want to break up that chemistry between Matthews and Nylander?

"Lou Lamoriello has had open lines of communication with Josh on this issue. Not unexpectedly, the Maple Leafs in general and Lou in particular have been nothing but first class."

Leivo has struggled to become a regular for the Maple Leafs, having suited up for 53 games during his five-year career, and just 25 since the start of last season.

The Innisfil, Ontario native is signed through next season, when he will earn $925,000.

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