The most likely trade destinations for Zaitsev

We’ve already established that, outside of the cap flexibility, it’s unlikely the Leafs will get much of value in a deal for Nikita Zaitsev, who recently made it clear he wants out of Toronto. So it follows that any general manager looking to bring him on will be looking to do one or more of a few things, namely 1) Give him a change of scenery hoping he can produce offensively again, 2) Rid themselves of a shorter term perceived cap problem, or 3) Make a trade they’re definitely going to regret because they’re not very smart.
With that in mind, we can probably pinpoint a few potential suitors around the league who fit one or all of those categories. I’ve tagged in a few other writers to give me their predictions on where Zaitsev ends up in the coming weeks.
Jon Steitzer
The Dallas Stars
I’ve been stuck on the idea of Dallas since February, so I’m going to stick with Dallas given they seem to love Toronto RHD reclamation projects so much. They’ve moved on from Carrick, they’ll soon be moving on from Polak, it’s probably time to give Zaitsev a …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

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