by Patrick Hoffman on 06/24/09 at 02:04 PM ET
From the Toronto Globe & Mail via at Blueshirt Banter:
Just found this update on the Toronto Globe and Mail, here are the highlights of particular interest to us:
There is belief the Maple Leafs have been zeroing in on New York Rangers defenceman Wade Redden and forward Peter Schaefer of the Boston Bruins.
Schaefer, 31, was buried in the minors by the Bruins last season because of salary cap concerns. He has one more year on his contract at $2.3-million (U.S.). Redden, 32, was signed to a six-year, $39-million unrestricted free-agent deal last summer, and the Rangers would not be averse to moving him.
The Leafs have plenty of salary cap room – $10-million to $13-million depending on the contract given to restricted free-agent forward Mikhail Grabovski – to accommodate both players.
But if the Leafs have interest in Redden, it means Burke must be serious about trading away either Tomas Kaberle or Pavel Kubina. The two veteran defenceman have no-trade contracts, but a window in which they can be traded opens when the draft commences on Friday.
“I’m going [to Montreal] to listen to offers,” said Leafs GM Brian Burke.
Click here for more. I’m certainly all for whatever helps the Rangers demote/get rid of Redden.
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