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It’s expected Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello will be one of the NHL’s busiest executives the rest of the way. He has nine pending unrestricted free agents (UFAs) on the current roster, and it makes no sense to hold onto any of them if prospects and/or draft picks can be had in return.
“This is a transaction that wasn’t for today,” Lamoriello said. “This gives us the opportunity to do things.”
It paves the road for the Maple Leafs to go after Stamkos on July 1, should he hit the market, without any financial or salary cap barriers.
The prices have been set. Calls are being made. The other shoe could drop at any time.
“You never know,” Lamoriello said. “In your mind you have something you’d like to see transpire. Then you just have to see where it goes from there. If there was anything imminent, it would be done. That’s the best way to approach it. It’s no different for anybody. It just depends on the guys somebody is looking for.”
— HabsLinks (@HabsLinks) February 2, 2016
James Reimer is an interesting case. If he continues his stellar play — his .932 save percentage is second best in the league — he would be attractive to playoff-bound teams looking for some depth in net.
Stamkos can become a free agent this summer, and you can’t get through a couple of hockey shifts without speculation that the Toronto-born Stamkos will end up playing for his hometown team. Rumors ramp up even more when the Lightning plays the Maple Leafs.
The most likely Leafs to move: Defenceman Roman Polak, forwards Daniel Winnik, Shawn Matthias and P.A. Parenteau. It’s highly unlikely anyone would be interested in Nick Spaling, Brad Boyes or defenceman Martin Marincin.
Lamoriello has decided not to go to Nashville for the all-star game, choosing to remain in Toronto to plot his trade strategy.
Reimer: "I've loved being a Leaf & I’d like to be a Leaf my whole career, but obviously this unrestricted thing is sometimes a weird thing"
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) January 25, 2016
How much value do those players have on the trade market? Obviously, it’s whatever a rival general manager is willing to pay, but to get a ballpark figure we dug into the trade deadlines of the past few years to see what players in similar roles and with similar production brought back in trade. Using that information, we have assigned a tentative value to Toronto’s potential rental players.
With the Maple Leafs looking like sellers at the Feb. 29 trade deadline, here’s a look at five Toronto players who could draw interest:
The Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs have reportedly been engaged in trade discussions again this season, and talks could pick up steam between now and the trade deadline.
For their part, the Maple Leafs say they are refusing to look ahead to the Feb. 29 trade deadline, even knowing the roster may be significantly overhauled in the next 40 days.
“I try not to think about that,” forward P.A. Parenteau said after Tuesday’s morning skate. “I’ve said from Day 1 this season that I’m taking it day by day and game by game. That’s the mentality that I’m going to try to keep through the end of the year.”
Here in mid-January, it’s clear three clubs — Toronto, Buffalo and Columbus — will be sellers at the trade deadline, and pretty evident Edmonton will be, too.
Of those clubs, Leaf winger Leo Komarov and his 16 goals may be the most appealing asset available. Komarov, 28, has two more years at an affordable $2.95 million cap hit, and has shown this season he can play in the top six on the Leafs, and definitely in the top nine of a better club.