Over the course of any season, especially one as turbulent as the Leafs have undergone, the transaction count really piles up as teams approach the trade deadline.
Every trade, AHL assignment, NHL recall, waive, or signing leaves a little trace of what the team is thinking. I went back through my notes on each move and tried to take away key points that will impact the Leafs this summer.
The first thing I noticed was that teams did not want to spend an asset to acquire Leafs players when their cap position dictated those players will likely be on waivers at some point anyway.
The Leafs couldn’t find a trade partner for Nick Shore or Dmytro Timashov and lost both on waivers. I thought it was interesting that Detroit claimed Timashov, understandably they need bodies but the very first team with an opportunity to claim Dima did so. He’s RFA at the end of the year and likely plays a more significant role for Detroit next year than he ever would have for the Leafs.
For the very same reason I cannot fathom how no team claimed Nic Petan. His NHL production has been subpar …
Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation