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Garrioch says Leafs, Pens are aggressively pursuing trades

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch delivers a significant amount of player personnel, front office and team intrigue in his weekly rumor roundup, but I believe that we call the following "going to one's wheelhouse":

Dave Nonis is described as patient.

His is being put to the test big-time by the Toronto Maple Leafs. After falling out of a playoff position, league sources say the club’s GM has been working the phones hard trying to find some depth up front to help the struggling club.

To get assistance, Nonis will likely have to move a defenceman and since Dion Phaneuf just signed a seven-year, $49-million extension he isn’t going anywhere. The names of Carl Gunnarsson and Jake Gardiner could be trade bait.

At the very least, it’s all intruiging.

The second most-active GM to trying make a deal: Pittsburgh’s Ray Shero and he has been dangling prospects because of all the injuries the club has had. He is looking to move a young defenceman for a forward.

Garrioch continues...

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alwaysaurie's avatar

So… they both want to trade a defenseman for a forward?

Don’t think they have much to say to each other, and I don’t want to see Detroit trade a forward unless we’ve given up on someone in GR.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 01/12/14 at 03:42 AM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

Samuelsson for Gardiner, straight up.

Posted by duhduhduh on 01/12/14 at 10:19 AM ET


I don’t know that Detroit should be trading prospects with anyone at this point. As a matter of fact, best thing for detroit would be to give up a roster player for draft picks. Even better would be if they could give up draft picks for a goal scoring forward or #1 D.

Posted by teldar on 01/12/14 at 11:23 AM ET


I don’t know that Detroit should be trading prospects with anyone at this point.

I disagree.  Seems like they have a handful of guys in GR who will be out of waiver options next year and not enough room for them (unless, of course, we want a younger, more inexperienced blue line next year).  There aren’t a lot of tradable options on the roster, so to get a scoring forward or a top pair defenseman they’re definitely going to need to sweeten the pot with draft picks AND prospects, I would think.

Posted by Garth on 01/12/14 at 01:05 PM ET

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