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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.com

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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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"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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