BY THE HOCKEY CENTRAL INSIDERS
Hockey Central: Ask the Insiders is Fan Fuel’s new blog where fans get to pick the topics. This week, James Hunt asks the Insiders: Do you think Dave Nonis is looking to move Phil Kessel and or Dion Phaneuf or is he leaning towards re-upping one or both of them?
DOUG MACLEAN: I don’t think the Leafs are looking to trade these two players. They have to consider their options as both are UFAs in a little over a year. They need to figure out if they can sign Kessel and Phaneuf to new deals as they can’t afford to have them walk. The Leafs can attempt to sign them beginning July 5 (free agency day changed due to the NHL lockout). That is the big decision date for them. If next season starts with them unsigned, the leverage shifts to players.
JEFF MAREK: I think Nonis would listen to offers for both players but at this point unless there was a deal that blew him away I can’t see him moving either player.