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Leafs aren’t eager to trade pending UFAs Bozak, MacArthur

Mar 12, 2013, 9:02 AM EDT

Tyler Bozak #42 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 28, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. The Maple Leafs defeated the Islanders 5-4 in overtime.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs face a tough decision to make as they edge towards the April 3 trade deadline. They clearly have a chance to make the playoffs, but they’re not regarded as a serious Stanley Cup contender either.

So, unless something fundamentally changes over the coming weeks, should they see themselves as a buyer or seller? Listening to Leafs GM Dave Nonis, it sounds like the answer is neither.

“Right now, I don’t feel compelled to move anyone by April 3,” Nonis said in a Toronto Sun report. “And I would have to say, at least at this time, I don’t expect anything to happen (extension-wise) by that date either, although things can change.”

That includes forwards Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak, who are both threats to leave the team over the summer as unrestricted free agents.

“I’ve never had a problem with a player who was going to be a UFA staying with the team after the trade deadline and then working something out at a later date,” Nonis said. Keep that in mind next season, which will be Phil Kessel and captain Dion Phaneuf‘s last under their current contracts.

Nonis did leave the door open to acquiring a rental player, although that seems unlikely because the trade would have to make sense in both the “short and long term.”

To further diminish that possibility, Nonis pointed out that if he was interested in rental players, he might as well just keep guys like Bozak and MacArthur.

Leafs fans shouldn’t hold their breath for the team to make a major move in the coming weeks, unless of course their position in the standings changes dramatically.

  1. jpelle82 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    bozak is way too valuable to that team. coach likes his matchups and bozak seems like he takes every faceoff in every situation, even if he is just running to the bench right afterward.

  2. davebabychreturns - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    This isn’t super remarkable, no winning team wants to deal their pending UFAs just to avoid the possibility of losing them for nothing after the season… killing your team’s momentum just to recoup a couple of draft picks (in the event you can’t sign these guys.. last I checked the Leafs have a boatload of cap space) is the kind of management you see from perennial losers, and I’m guessing the Leafs are sick and tired of being seen in that light.

  3. flyeredup - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Bozak is turning into a really solid player.

  4. 5hole26 - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    yea i would take bozak over giroux anyday

  5. withseidelinn - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    If I was Nonis I would be open to trading MacArthur and Liles, potentially just for picks to give Frattin and Gardiner more ice time. Would love to see Frattin continue to develop, and Mac has been playing well recently so if he keeps it up they may get a few pretty good offers for him.

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