Top Ad
I DIG Radio
www.idigradio.com
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
www.idigstyle.com
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

Maple Leafs defenseman Zaitsev asks for trade

Written by 
Published in Hockey
Thursday, 30 May 2019 15:23

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Nikita Zaitsev has asked for a trade for personal reasons, and the team is willing to oblige him.

TSN first reported the trade request, and Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas confirmed it to NHL.com.

"That will be our goal, to try to find a fresh start for him, for his own personal and private reasons," Dubas said, according to NHL.com.

The 27-year-old Zaitsev had a big rookie season with the Maple Leafs in 2016-17 after playing in the KHL. His 36 points netted him a seven-year extension that runs through 2023-24 with a cap hit of $4.5 million per season.

But Zaitsev hasn't come close to that production in the past two years. He had 14 points last season in 81 games. Still, Dubas thinks the young Russian has some value.

"His penalty killing, his right shot ... he plays in our top four, and he's signed reasonably for a long time," Dubas said. "That's where that's at."

Trading Zaitsev likely isn't at the top of the Maple Leafs' to-do list. They must re-sign restricted free agent and budding superstar Mitch Marner. And they already had a burgeoning hole on the blue line with free agent Jake Gardiner unlikely to fit under the salary cap.

Read 5249 times

Soccer

Source: Quakes to hire U.S. assistant Gonzalez

Source: Quakes to hire U.S. assistant Gonzalez

Luchi Gonzalez is set to be named as the new manager of the San Jose Earthquakes, sources confirmed...

Tite hits back at Mbappe over WC qualifiers

Tite hits back at Mbappe over WC qualifiers

Brazil manager Tite hit back at France striker Kylian Mbappe's claim that World Cup qualifying is mo...

Dortmund extend England teen Bynoe-Gittens

Dortmund extend England teen Bynoe-Gittens

Borussia Dortmund moved quickly to secure the future of England youth international Jamie Bynoe-Gitt...

Basketball

Harris reinstated by NBA, union after drug ban

Harris reinstated by NBA, union after drug ban

NEW YORK -- Jalen Harris' application to be reinstated as a player has been approved by the NBA and...

NBA to not schedule any games on Election Day

NBA to not schedule any games on Election Day

The NBA will be off on Election Day.The league's schedule for the coming season will have all 30 tea...

Baseball

'Grinding' Bellinger benched by Dodgers' Roberts

'Grinding' Bellinger benched by Dodgers' Roberts

MILWAUKEE -- Cody Bellinger, the 2019 NL MVP whose production has fallen off dramatically since, was...

Red Sox get utilityman Hernandez back from IL

Red Sox get utilityman Hernandez back from IL

PITTSBURGH -- Infielder/outfielder Enrique Hernandez returned to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday after...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation
  • NFL

    Nactional Football Leagues
  • FISB

    Federation Internationale de Speedball

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.

 

Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Website: www.idig.com
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Affiliated