Turmoil in Toronto

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The start of the season is a week away and there is a lot of bad blood at the Toronto Maple Leafs' camp.

It looks like the Leafs will lose Mathieu Schneider, their best defenseman and power-play quarterback. Schneider had earlier turned down a $2.5 million offer and now the team appears to have pulled the offer from the table.

"If they're dead set on me agreeing to their offer, I will end up playing somewhere else," Schneider said. "One way or another, something has to be done in the next seven to 10 days."

Schneider is seeking a deal worth at least $3.25 million a year, but the Leafs don't want to heart about it.

"In fact, they called my agent (Steve Reich) last week just to tell us they've taken their offer off the table," Schneider said. "They've stopped negotiating. Maybe they're trying to scare me into accepting more money or trying to intimidate me in some way."

The other unhappy camper is goaltender Felix Potvin, who is getting frustrated at the teams's inability to trade him. Potvin found himself as the no. 2 goalie with the Leafs' signing of Curtis Joseph in July.

"When you sit here in camp and all you keep hearing is, 'Be patient, be patient,' it gets harder and harder," Potvin said. "I want something to be done before it's too late."

There has numerous rumors involving Potvin. The latest has him going to the NY Islanders for center Trevor Linden and left wing Michael Rupp.

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