With the 2014 NHL trade deadline set for Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET, cbcsports.ca will take a look at each Canadian team prior to the final day of wheeling and dealing. After reviewing the situations with the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators, it's time for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The situation: The Maple Leafs finally snapped a seven-year playoff drought with a trip to the postseason a year ago. But a third-period collapse in Game 7 of their first-round series against Boston left Toronto faithful crestfallen ... Leafs general manager Dave Nonis likely won't shakeup his roster at the trade deadline. He doesn't have much salary cap space to work with and he's about to get back veteran centre David Bolland, out since November with a lacerated Achilles' tendon. Also, forward Trevor Smith returned from a broken hand injury last Thursday ... Bolland is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer and has been in contract extension talks with the Maple Leafs. Even if a new contract is not worked out by Wednesday, Nonis has stated he has no intention of trading Bolland ... The Toronto GM also remarked he will not move 25-year-old backup goalie James Reimer, who is a looming restricted free agent, because goaltending is a position of strength for his club ... Toronto hit the Olympic break with five wins in six games, but they have returned to lose back-to-back outings in overtime to the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens. They have yielded nine goals in those two games ... The Maple Leafs have surrendered a league-high 36.1 shots per game this year.
Playoff hopes: Maple Leafs hold down the first of two wild-card spots in the East, five points clear of ninth-place Washington.
Schedule: 20 games remaining (nine home, 11 road)
At home: Columbus, Florida, Tampa Bay, Montreal, St. Louis, Detroit, Calgary, Boston, Winnipeg.
On the road: N.Y. Rangers, Anaheim, San Jose, Los Angeles, Washington, Detroit, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Florida, Ottawa.
Restricted free agents: Cody Franson, Jake Gardiner, Peter Holland, James Reimer.
Unrestricted free agents: Troy Bodie, David Bolland, Nikolai Kulemin, Jay McClement, Paul Ranger, Mason Raymond, Trevor Smith.
No-trade clauses: Tyler Bozak (modified), David Clarkson (modified), Tim Gleason (modified), Phil Kessel (limited), Joffrey Lupul (limited), Paul Ranger (no-trade).
Cap space: $2.5 million US.
On the farm: The Maple Leafs signed forward Spencer Abbott as a free agent out of the University of Maine in March 2012 and he has shown steady improvement. In his second full AHL season, the 25-year-old native of Hamilton, Ont. leads the Marlies with 12 goals and 56 points in 51 games. He also has been a responsible plus-10.
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