Teams Asking About Top Maple Leafs Prospect

The Toronto Maple Leafs haven't exactly performed up to expectations this season and it has caused the organization to question whether or not the team should actually be buyers. They won't be sellers, but there is a chance that they stay fairly quiet at the trade deadline if they don't look great over the next 4-6 weeks.

David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period notes that the Maple Leafs continue to explore the trade market, but the sense that he has gotten in the last little while is that general manager Brad Treliving isn't very eager to actually make a move. Despite the holes in the lineup, Treliving isn't eager to pay a premium price to fill holes in the lineup and he can't fix everything wrong with the lineup this season.

Pagnotta also noted that the team remains interested in a player like Chris Tanev, but it doesn't look like a trade will happen with the current offer and the Maple Leafs will have to up the price if they want any chance at acquiring him. The first round pick is in play to upgrade one area, but Toronto is going to have to really like what they are getting back to move it this season after previous seasons.

As potential returns, teams have been asking about Fraser Minten, one of the top prospects of the Maple Leafs. It is reported that he isn't on the table, but the sense of urgency might pick up closer to the deadline. But for now, management will have to see more from the team before they add big pieces and pay a big price to do so.

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