Maple Leafs and pending UFA Jake Gardiner
Maple Leafs won’t off top prospects for a rental
Emily Sadler of Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet Headlines said the Toronto Maple Leafs have been linked to Carolina Hurricanes forward Micheal Ferland and are looking for that type of player. The Hurricanes may not be looking to move him now.
The Maple Leafs are not interested in trading their top two prospects or a future first-round pick.
“They have indicated that, for a rental, they are not interested in dealing either of their top two defence prospects, Sandin or Liljegren or another first-round pick,” Friedman said. “They’ve already dealt one for Jake Muzzin, who they have for another year.”
Predators and Jets may need to offer a top prospect
Emily Sadler of Sportsnet: The Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators are the top two teams in their division and could use a top prospect by the deadline to bring in a big gun.
From the Predators signed of things.
“Eeli Tolvanen is a first-rounder from 2017 from Nashville. This time last year, he was deemed an untouchable,” Kypreos continued. “And now, all of a sudden, his name constantly gets played as being one of those players involved in that type of deal.”
From the Jets side of things.
“And as far as Winnipeg is concerned, it’s Sami Niku — AHL defenceman of the year — also mentioned a lot,” said Kypreos. “So if you’re talking about any teams wanting to deal with Winnipeg, it’s possible that that top prospect would be involved, too.”