Maple Leafs Reportedly Have Deal On The Table For Two Top 4 Defensemen

Julien Trekker
November 14, 2023  (12:45)

There has been a lot of speculation and trade rumors floating around after Nikita Zadorov asked for a trade but it seems that we will have a conclusion in the very near future.

Maple Leafs Appear To Already Have a Deal on the Table for Zadorov and Tanev According To Reports


In the latest episode of the Steve Dangle Podcast, Dangle, Adam Wylde, and Jesse Blake discussed the situation surrounding the Flames and Nikita Zadorov.
They raised a lot of interesting points.
Here's what they said:
Apparently, in 32 Thoughts today, there was a rumor going around on Twitter that I saw. One of the Leafs allegedly told Zadorov, "You're basically exactly what we need," which is quite intriguing. I would love to know who said that.

What we're hearing this morning is that the Leafs have made their offer or whatever, and they're just waiting on the Flames to commit to making the trade.

I think they've got an agreement in place where either Zadorov or Zadorov and Chris Tanev would come to Toronto. People were like, "How would the salary work?"

For some reason, ever since that Frank Seravalli report, everybody's been convinced TJ Brodie's out of town. I don't know why, because I thought he's played fine. Well, they keep saying the Leafs want to get Zadorov and Tanev. Who the hell comes off the roster to make that work? It would have to be TJ Brodie's contract. I mean, he's the only one who really makes sense.

I've heard several rumors for what the trade could be, and none of them add up at all. Unless we're talking salary retention. So, Tanev makes 4.5, what does Zadorov make? 2, 3.75? Dude, that's a lot of money. Hold up, can they retain on both of those? They're going to have to, because Brodie wouldn't be enough to get it done. I think that's what they would do. That's a lot.

Also, there are a couple of other teams that are in the mix, apparently. Arizona has made a pretty good offer to Calgary. Vancouver is also in on it, and I think Ottawa was the other team. There are a lot of teams fighting for this. It's not guaranteed the Leafs will get Zadorov, and I don't even know if that's the solution to their problems.

He's an improvement. He's more of what the Leafs want to be, or what Brad Treliving wants the Leafs to be. Does he make them, at the expense of TJ Brodie, though? I like TJ Brodie a lot. I don't love the idea of losing Brodie to address your defensive problems. No, I don't think that makes a lot of sense.

Maybe they're working on something else. I don't know. They're going to be in Sweden for a week. If you go back to Saturday, over a week, every day of the season affects the salary cap. I wonder if this was the sort of deal they tried to get done before flying across the Atlantic Ocean, and they're not able to get it done. So, it's something they will do as soon as they get back, if they still feel like they need it. If they go and they start rolling in Sweden, it's like, "Okay, do we need to make a move right now?"

But they've got time, or they can just wait until the trade deadline."

Leafs Among Many Teams That Want Zadorov & Tanev


To sum up, one of the Leafs' players told Zadorov that he's "exactly what they need," TJ Brodie, Chris Tanev, and Zadorov would be involved in a deal, other teams are interested in Zadorov, it would be complicated to make a deal work financially, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the Flames wait until the trade deadline.
You can watch the full episode here:
Maple Leafs Reportedly Have Deal On The Table For Two Top 4 Defensemen

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