For those looking for the Maple Leafs to make a big splash at the upcoming March 5 trade deadline, you’d be better off expecting a small ripple instead.
So says Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis, who added in a wide-ranging interview on Monday that he is eager to see his full roster finally healthy for pretty much the first time since the summer rather than shuffle the deck through a blockbuster move or two.
“I don’t anticipate us making any major moves,” Nonis said. “And I definitely don’t see us getting involved in a rent-a-player transaction that sees us move resources for someone we only have for a handful of weeks.”
Thanks in part to some reported strong words to his players last month, Nonis watched his re-energized Leafs go on an 11-2-1 tear prior to the Olympic break.