Report: Brad Treliving and the Maple Leafs Have a Trade in Place That Will Materialize in the next upcoming weeks

Published November 14, 2023 at 3:11 PM
This season has been a major struggle for the Toronto Maple Leafs blue line, so when both Chris Tanev and Nikita Zadorov became available from the Calgary Flames, the Leafs were the first team linked to the star duo.

The Maple Leafs have been linked to two major Calgary Flames defenseman


During the latest episode of the Steve Dangle podcast, the three hosts had this to say about the very intriguing and developing situation with the Maple Leafs.

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."

The report that one player told Zadorov that he's exactly what this team needs continues to be brought up, but as addressed, if the Leafs can land Zadorov or Tanev, or potentially both, it would be a major game changer to this defensive unit, with plenty of fans seemingly on board.

A deal may already be in place between the Flames and their former General Manager Brad Treliving

According to the hosts of the Steve Dangle Podcast, the Leafs have already made their offer to Calgary, but the Flames are waiting to see what else they can get from other teams, but it appears as though TJ Brodie is the name coming back to Calgary to match salary.

With the mention of Nick Abruzzese yesterday from Sportsnet's Eric Francis, things appear to be moving in this direction, and with Zadorov's agent pushing for Toronto, it makes sense that things could either happen when the team are in Sweden or shortly after their trip.

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Report: Brad Treliving and the Maple Leafs Have a Trade in Place That Will Materialize in the next upcoming weeks

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