Leafs looking for help up front, could unload defenceman

Defenceman Jake Gardiner could be trade bait for the Maple Leafs if they choose to bring in a...

Defenceman Jake Gardiner could be trade bait for the Maple Leafs if they choose to bring in a forward. (USA Today Sports)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:51 PM ET

Dave Nonis is described as patient.

His is being put to the test big-time by the Toronto Maple Leafs. After falling out of a playoff position, league sources say the club’s GM has been working the phones hard trying to find some depth up front to help the struggling club.

To get assistance, Nonis will likely have to move a defenceman and since Dion Phaneuf just signed a seven-year, $49-million extension he isn’t going anywhere. The names of Carl Gunnarsson and Jake Gardiner could be trade bait.


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