Fletcher negotiating trade winds

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

Vesa Toskala bristled when the idea of being traded was presented to him.

"Absolutely not," the Maple Leafs goaltender said. "I really like it here. There is no better place to play hockey than Toronto, especially when the team is having a bit of success.

"We've been going through some tough times, but this is where I want to be."

Toskala is not the only Leaf who feels that way. Mats Sundin, Darcy Tucker, Pavel Kubina, Tomas Kaberle, Nik Antropov, Matt Stajan ... the list of players who hope to still be wearing blue and white when the Feb. 26 trade deadline has come and gone goes on and on.

So who will be sent packing in the next eight days?

The answer could very well be found in the lobby of a swank hotel in Naples, Fla., where the 30 NHL general managers congregated last night to kick off three days of meetings.

"There are a few things I would like to try to do," said Leafs interim GM Cliff Fletcher, who was seen huddling with both Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and Dallas Stars GM Les Jackson on separate occasions at the Air Canada Centre Saturday.

"Will something happen (in Naples)? I don't know.

"There will be lots of talk but I can't make any predictions."

Here are some of the Leafs players whose names likely will come up in trade chatter in the coming days:

- Mats Sundin: Has a no-trade clause ... Insists he doesn't want to leave ... Has drawn significant interest around the league ... Boston Globe reported two NHL GMs claim Sundin would waive his no-trade clause to go to the ideal team, likely the Red Wings ... Ducks reportedly among other teams to show interest ... Would net the Leafs the most lucrative return of any player, likely a top-ranked prospect and at least one first-round pick as part of a package ... A pending unrestricted free agent, he could be asked to sign an extension by his new team should he agree to a move.

- Tomas Kaberle: He, along with Sundin, has been a commodity ... His $4.25-million US contract makes him a relative bargain for a puck-moving defenceman ... New York Post reported he would waive his no-trade to go to the Rangers, a story he chuckled at ... Wants to stay ... Leafs reluctant to move him anyway, considering his salary is much more economical than the $6-million plus Brian Campbell stands to land in free agency this summer.

- Bryan McCabe: Another of the "I have a no-trade, I don't want to go" crew ... Leafs have looked into moving him in past but his average salary of $5.75 million has scared teams away.

- Pavel Kubina: His $5 million makes him difficult to move, even though Leafs could free up significant cap room by finding a taker ... No trade.

- Darcy Tucker: Could minimal interest increase with his recent hot streak of six points in five games? ... Does not want to waive his no-trade.

- Hal Gill: Could fetch a mid-round pick from a team looking to add blue-line depth.

- Alex Steen: Leafs would not include him in a proposed package for Chris Pronger in 2006 ... Is Fletcher as smitten with this kid as John Ferguson was?

- Vesa Toskala: Would be a mistake to trade him ... Perfect mentor for goaltending prospect Justin Pogge ... Has two more years remaining at $4 million per.

- Matt Stajan: Just two goals shy of his career-high of 15.

- Nik Antropov: Who wouldn't want a big forward who has 20 goals?

- Alexei Ponikarovsky: Might be perfect time to move him ... Many observers feel he enjoyed a career year in 2006-07.

- Chad Kilger: His physical presence could be enticing for team looking for third-liner.

- Andrew Raycroft: Little to no market for him, much to Leafs' chagrin.


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