After a roster teardown and draft-pick stockpiling of dramatic proportions leading up to Feb. 29, the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday did something they haven’t done in the last 10 deadline days: not make a trade.
General manager Lou Lamoriello made news early Monday by calling up highly anticipated prospects William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen, but he was surprisingly silent on the trade front.
Lamoriello said he intends to buy out Cowen July 1 and that he sees Leo Komarov as a “core member” of the team.
Jared Cowen won't play again this season because #leafs intend to buy him out in June.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 29, 2016
Parenteau, who was reportedly a target of the New York Islanders, was the most surprising non-deal, especially after Toronto was able to trade forward Daniel Winnik late Sunday night.
It is the first time since 2006 the #Leafs didn't make a trade on the actual deadline day.
— David Alter (@dalter) February 29, 2016
“Even if it’s staying here, I’ll be happy with that,” Parenteau told reporters over the weekend. “I have no control.”
The winger has 16 goals and 16 assists through 60 games this season — great value for his one-year, $1.5-million contract.
Parenteau, 32, left Saturday’s Leafs’ 4-1 loss in Montreal during the first period, suffering neck spasms. The forward did not expect the minor injury to influence his fate and doesn’t see it keeping him out of action long.
Make no mistake, Lamoriello did try to move the veteran winger, whose career has been rejuvenated this season.
“It did not work out, and he’s here,” Lamoriello said. “He’s had an excellent year, and he’ll help our young guys.”
The Leafs winger left Toronto’s 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the first period on Saturday night after feeling neck spasms, which had flared up while working out in a gym the day before.