If you’re a Toronto Maple Leaf fan and are hoping that the Leafs make a big deal before the March 5 NHL Trade Deadline, I have some bad news. Or should I say Dave Nonis does.
“I don’t anticipate us making any major moves… And I definitely don’t see us getting involved in a rent-a-player transaction that sees us move resources for someone we only have for a handful of weeks.”
As the Leafs General Manager, Nonis is trying to make the Leafs a better team. However, with the lower salary cap this season, it has been hard to make a deal and it will continue to be. It has to be good for both teams now from the start.
“You’re always looking to get better… But it has to be a hockey deal. It has to make sense long term while helping us now as well.”
Mike Zeisberger of The Toronto Sun notes that like his predecessor Brian Burke, a player’s value balloons at this time of year and teams usually overpay for players that have a chance at leaving in a couple months.
“No question that perception and price are inflated… Deadline prices definitely are different than summer prices.”
The Leafs will have to do some roster shuffling with players like Dave Bolland David Clarkson and Trevor Smith returning from injury. They could still send players to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, but the Leafs do have players set to become unrestricted free agents. Those players could be the players most likely to be dealt.