Maple Leafs’ trade offer turned down by Flames!

Maple Leafs’ trade offer turned down by Flames!

Calgary says no to its former general manager:



The Toronto Maple Leafs are believed to have made an offer to the Calgary Flames in order to acquire the services of defenseman Chris Tanev. However, the offer was turned down, and for now, the blue liner remains put.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Maple Leafs have been pursuing Tanev for months, but have not be able to sway Flames general manager Craig Conroy to move his defenseman at a lower cost. On his latest 32 Thoughts podcast with host Jeff Marek, Friedman revealed that Leafs GM Brad Treliving is believed to have offered multiple lower-round draft picks to get his hands on Tanev.

“When it comes to Tanev, I think the Flames are waiting for a first-round pick gets offered. I think that’s what they’re waiting for and if a team steps up with a first-rounder, I can see it happening.

“It’s Toronto which I think is offering multiple picks, but none of them a first, and their first second (round draft pick) available isn’t for four years. So that’s a challenge.”

That won’t be enough for Calgary…

It’s been well-known how the Maple Leafs are reluctant to move their first-round pick this year, especially since they don’t own a second-round pick in any of the next three drafts. Therefore, Toronto has been putting an offer of packages of lower selections to get the boost it needs.

It feels like the Maple Leafs need to target other targets available on the red hot defense market ahead of the trade deadline. They could find a much reasonable deal in acquiring Philadelphia Flyers blue liner Sean Walker or Nashville Predators rearguard Alexandre Carrier.

Walker is pending free agent that carries a $2.65-million cap hit in his first season with Philadelphia after a trade from the Los Angeles Kings this past summer. Also a pending unrestricted free trade, Carrier has a $2.5 million cap hit and could command a cheaper return price than Tanev.

Some fans hinted at the possibility of turning to Noah Hanifin instead in Calgary, however, the blue liner has a modified eight-team no-trade list on his current contract and he has put all Canadian teams on there. And so he won’t be coming to Toronto.

Tanev could, only if the Maple Leafs chose to part with that first round pick…

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