Rumor: Toronto and Columbus Discussed a Trade

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a busy off season which included the team bringing in Joe Thornton, Wayne Simmonds, Jimmy Vesey, Aaron Dell, TJ Brodie, and Zach Bogosian. While the moves were fast and furious from general manager, Kyle Dubas, one deal he didn't pull the trigger on was with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

According to sources close to the Leafs operations, the team discussed Alexander Kerfoot with the Blue Jackets, in exchange for defenseman, David Savard. The Leafs wanted another 'futures' piece in the deal, and the two sides could never agree. Savard has one-year left on his deal at just over $4 million, while Kerfoot is signed for three more seasons at $3.5 million. 

Once the Blue Jackets dealt Ryan Murray to the Devils, this was apparently a clear indication they had intentions of keeping Savard in their mix.

The Leafs overhauled their bottom-six, and some of their defensive corps, while the Blue Jackets continue to look for ways to upgrade their offense. One of the best defensive teams in the league, Columbus is working away trying to find a boost to their top-six.

For now, it won't be coming from the Leafs.

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