Earlier this week in Leafs land Elliotte Friedman of CBC sports mentioned that the Lou Lamoriello would be interested in trading for Travis Zajac from the Devils. Most people, including yours truly, dismissed this outright.
Why in God’s Green earth would the Leafs want an older player with a 5 year deal remaining with a cap hit of 5.75 million per season? Utter Nonsense(better be).
Fast forward to this weekend.
After another Saturday morning snoozer, (Big winner in mandatory overtime by JVR, I might point out….sarcasm intended) Coach Babcock announces that practices will be cancelled on Sunday because of team fatigue. Knowing the Leafs penchant for making trades on a Sunday (or firings), a few fans start to put the hype machine into overdrive. Could there be something to this trade rumour?
The Fourth Period prints an article suggesting that the Leafs would trade one of either Nazem Kadri or James van Reimsdyk in exchange for Zajac in a package.
Cue the screeching sounds of brakes and twisted metal.
One of those two talented YOUNG pieces of our team for a 30 year old, Travis Zajac?
I still chalk it up as rumours and nothing of substance.
Sunday morning arrives and now there are articles from TSN and New Jersey Devils beat reporters adding copious amounts of gasoline to this fire.
This fire was meant for roasting marshmallows to make s’mores and now we are acting like the trade is complete???
Panic levels are rising in the market place and there is only one thing I know for certain.
Since Brendan Shanahan has taken over the Toronto Maple Leafs NOT ONE MOVE has been predicted or leaked. Right? So why start now with a Travis Zajac trade?
We shall keep the updates coming as they are ‘leaked out’, but would you Leafs fans want that contract, that player for one of JVR or Nazem Kadri?
There is Pain Coming.
Maple Leafs cut F Curtis Glencross, F Devin Setoguichi, send F Mitch Marner back to London Nights and Rob Madore to Toronto Marliesfrom …
— David Alter (@dalter) September 27, 2015
UPDATE 4:44 pm
Leafs close to signing Boyes, nothing concrete as of yet ….
Nothing concrete, but it sounds like TOR is preparing to officially sign Brad Boyes. — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 27, 2015
UPDATE 4:47 pm
Looks like Boyes is a done deal …… Maple Leafs Dot Com
Leafs sign Brad Boyes to one-year contract
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) September 27, 2015
Last Season w/ Panthers
UPDATE 5:06 pm
The Brad Boyes deal is worth $700,000. #leafs
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) September 27, 2015
More to come…..