Will The Maple Leafs Trade Any Of Their Pending UFAs?

Published December 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM

"While things are going well this season for the Toronto Maple Leafs it is never too think ahead to next season and who may or may not be with the team.

Tyler Bozak, Leo Komarov and James van Riemsdyk are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this summer, which has led to a lot of talk if any of these players would be moved this season before the trade deadline.

Insider Bob McKenzie was a guest on TSN 1050's Leafs Lunch earlier this week and discussed this very subject.

«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,» McKenzie said, per Maple Leafs Hot Stove. «[It's more likely] 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.»

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