In TSN’s most recent Insider Trading segment, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie both had news that would interest Toronto Maple Leaf fans.
As most people know, Toronto has been looking around the NHL for a possible replacement at center. Well, according to McKenzie, the Dallas Stars’ Vernon Fiddler has asked for a trade and it looks like the Leafs have at least kicked the tires on a possible deal.
As the segment mentions, the Leafs are concerned about his age and the money he’s owed for the rest of the season. At 33 years of age, he doesn’t exactly fit in with the current crop of Maple Leafs but then again, he would provide lots of experience down the middle.
With a cap hit of $1.8-million, the Leafs would have to do some work to stay under the salary cap as they would have to trade at least the same amount of money back the other way.
Speaking of taking money off the Leafs’ books, Dreger mentioned that the Leafs have talked to the Carolina Hurricanes about sending defenseman John-Michael Liles to Raleigh.
In the continuing tradition of the Hurricanes trying to have as many ex-Leafs as possible, it looks like they might add another. Nothing is imminent according to Dreger, but considering Liles’ $3.875-million cap hit, the Leafs would probably just get a draft pick in return.
Even being over the salary cap, it looks like the Hurricanes are looking for someone to at least replace some of the production that Joni Pitkanen gave them. They’d have to do some work as well with the cap but they might feel the need to.
It looks like trade season has started and it looks like the Leafs could be taking part in it in more than just a small deal or two. It should definitely be an exciting couple of months leading to the trade deadline.