Leafs taking trade calls on three players, with waiver decision looming

NHL insider Elliotte Friedman with the inside scoop regarding the Leafs’ roster jumble.

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In case you missed the news earlier today, the Toronto Maple Leafs officially recalled forward Nic Petan from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies after Petan put up an incredible five points in just two games.

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With Petan back up with the big club and with Zach Hyman coming back from surgery any day now, the Leafs’ roster is looking a bit crowded. Defenseman Travis Dermott returned to the team’s lineup last week and now with Hyman’s return looming… well something’s got to give.

NHL insider Elliotte Friedman reports that general managers around the league are awaiting a decision from the Leafs and have even inquired with GM Kyle Dubas about making a deal. In particular, Friedman reports in his latest 31 Thoughts column for Sportsnet that teams are checking to see if Dubas will move a “big salary” player.

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With Travis Dermott back and Zach Hyman nearing his own return, teams checking to see if Toronto wishes to move a big salary are being told the Maple Leafs are determined to give their strongest roster a chance. They want to see that group in action before making any rash decisions. That means, as expected, a team of 20 or 21; so two or three will be traded or waived.

It’s worth noting that Hyman’s $2.25 million salary will put the Leafs about $2 million over the salary cap once he returns, so sending a player like Petan, Jason Spezza or Dymtro Timashov with their low salaries won’t help the Leafs out.

Cody Ceci and his $4.5 million cap hit must be sweating it out right about now…