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Insiders Reveal How A Major Blockbuster Trade Fell Apart Between Two Canadian Teams

Published December 1, 2023 at 3:09 PM
BY SAMER

On Thursday, the Vancouver Canucks shook the hockey world, acquiring left-shot defenceman Nikita Zadorov from the Calgary Flames for a fifth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in 2026.


Insiders Reveal How Trade Fell Apart Between Maple Leafs and Flames



The reason why this trade was a surprise is because many thought Nikita Zadorov would end up in a Maple Leafs uniform. Insider Kevin Weekes revealed why that didn't materialize.


Efficient Cap management by the
@Canucks
in the Trade acquisition of Zadorov. I'm told the
@MapleLeafs
needed the
@NHLFlames
to retain salary during their pursuit of Zadorov to make it work on their end.


Further to my last tweet ; I'm told the
@MapleLeafs
were trying to acquire both D Zadorov and Tanev from
@NHLFlames
. With the
@Canucks
Zadorov deal now complete, the #LeafsForever will continue shopping 🛒 for Blueline help.


Elliotte Friedman later provided some more information on what happened.


It seems Calgary is leaving their two salary retain options for later near the deadline so they can maximize on assets which is a smart move by GM Craig Conroy.

The Vancouver Canucks are also apparently not done shopping for a defenseman according to Elliotte Friedman. It sounds as though they are interested in signing Ethan Bear as a UFA once he becomes healthy near the new year.


The Maple Leafs have now reportedly shifted their focus on Chris Tanev who in my opinion is the better fit to play alongside Morgan Rielly.



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Insiders Reveal How A Major Blockbuster Trade Fell Apart Between Two Canadian Teams

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