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Bozak, van Riesmdyk & Komarov On The Market?

Published December 6, 2017 at 12:31

"With the recent Sami Vatanen trade and rumours swirling around Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ian Cole, trade chatter has started again in regards to the Leafs landing some help on the blueline. The automatic answer to how would they do that usually involves the names of pending unrestricted free agent Tyler Bozak, James van Riesmdyk and Leo Komarov. All three players have been key parts of helping the Leafs become the competitive team they are at the moment, and all three fit under head coach Mike Babcock's system. Would general manager Lou Lamoriello sacrifice any of them to land that help on the blueline? NHL Insider Bob McKenzie chimed in on TSN 1050:«I think they're always open-minded to what might be out there, but the better the team does, the less likely — in my mind – they're going to trade one of their pending UFAs in Bozak, van Riemsdyk or Komarov. that they'll keep them and be the best team they possibly can be and go as far and as deep into the playoffs as they can with this group.
Now, that said, if the right player becomes available and the other team is saying, «We want Tyler Bozak or James van Riemsdyk,» then I guess they have to contemplate that. But that's just such a discretionary thing; not a policy or philosophical thing. I've said it before and I'll say it again now: I don't believe the Leafs have an appetite to wake up in the morning and say, «which of our guys can we trade today? Which of van Riemsdyk or Bozak can we move on today?» I don't think they're looking for that. If someone else comes to them with something, then obviously they'll consider it. If it makes sense, they'll do it, and if it doesn't, they won't.»What do you think of the Insider's comments?

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