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Nikita Zaitsev Would Like To Be Traded From The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Nikita Zaitsev is looking to leave the Toronto Maple Leafs and they will try to accommodate the defenseman, general manager Kyle Dubas said Thursday.

"That will be our goal, to try to find a fresh start for him, for his own personal and private reasons," Dubas said at the 2019 NHL Scouting Combine.

Zaitsev, 27, has five seasons remaining on a seven-year, $31.5 million contract ($4.5 million average annual value) he signed May 2, 2017. He reportedly has requested a trade.

Dubas said he has met with Dan Milstein, Zaitsev's agent, but would not divulge the reason Zaitsev has for wanting to leave.

"I don't want to speculate on their behalf," Dubas said. "I think that's for Dan and Nikita to address if they want to."


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d ca's avatar

Dubas said he has met with Dan Milstein, Zaitsev’s agent, but would not divulge the reason Zaitsev has for wanting to leave.

As a Detroit Red Wings fan I can divulge the reason:

Mike Babcock

He’s getting less ice time and turning the puck over more..so he’s sitting more.

Posted by d ca on 05/31/19 at 03:10 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Babcock plays you more if you do those things, d ca. Where do you think Baby Babs learned that?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 05/31/19 at 07:14 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

He looked super promising on the power play three seasons ago and then got 0 power play time after that; I could see that being frustrating.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 05/31/19 at 02:58 PM ET

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