Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Maple Leafs Keep Roster in Tact at NHL Trade Deadline Day

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Maple Leafs Keep Roster in Tact at NHL Trade Deadline Day

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Leafs stay quiet at NHL trade deadline

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TORONTO - Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello didn't make a move on trade deadline day for the first time since he took over Toronto's GM job in 2015.

He didn't see a need to.

"We're extremely pleased with this group," Lamoriello said Monday after the deadline expired. "It's obvious because we had three free agents and we kept them."

"The way our team has been playing, we're still in the process of where we want to be and where we want to go," Lamoriello added. "We don't want to get ahead of ourselves, but we just want to stay on the right path."

Lamoriello stayed on the sidelines as other teams, including the Atlantic-Division leading Tampa Bay Lightning, bolstered their lineup with trades.

Tampa Bay acquired veteran defenceman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller from the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Vladislav Namestnikov, a 2018 first-round pick, a conditional second-round pick and prospects Libor Hajek and Brett Howden.

Toronto had sought to add depth on defence and had McDonagh as a potential acquisition target, but the price was ultimately too high for the Leafs, who still have their eye on the future as well as the present.

"They acquired a great player certainly in McDonagh. Miller is an excellent player," Lamoriello said. "Everyone has an opportunity to do something, and they certainly made a big splash."

The emergence of Travis Dermott, who was called up by the Leafs on Jan. 5 and has been with the team since, lessened the need for Toronto, who were unwilling to meet New York's price.

"There's no question that the development of Dermott has played a role in a lot of our thought process," Lamoriello said. "But if we could have added someone who would have made us better and would not have subtracted (from the future) we certainly would have done that. …

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