It looks like the Maple Leafs are ready to hit the eject button on some key players in their line up.
While some names on the trading block in Toronto, for example defenseman Roman Polak and forward P.A. Parenteau, won't come as any surprise to fans due to their value as rental players, they aren't the only Leafs currently being offered in deals.
According to a report from James Mirtle, a report that was updated just minutes ago, the Maple Leafs, and more specifically general manager Lou Lamoriello, have placed both goaltender Jonathan Bernier and Daniel Winnik, both players with term, on the trading block.
But at least two Leafs with some term are also available.
The first, Dan Winnik, signed a two-year, $4.5-million (U.S.) deal in the summer after a strong showing last season that landed Toronto two draft picks (a second- and a fourth-rounder) from Pittsburgh at last year’s trade deadline.
The other name out there is goaltender Jonathan Bernier, who has another year left on his contract at $4.15-million.
While both men have struggled it's surprising to hear Bernier's name especially given that the Leafs could potentially be left with no starter come next season if they fail to re-sign pending free agent James Reimer. Winnik on the other hand is a puck possession specialist, a valued skill especially in the post season, and despite his struggles this season he could draw interest from contending teams.