This weekend, TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli revealed that the Toronto Maple Leafs were fighting hard to land forward Luke Glendening from the Detroit Red Wings, and since, it's easy to see the Leafs have not given up.
Seravalli wrote Monday the 'belief is the Toronto Maple Leafs offered a fifth-round pick for Glendening, while the Wings made a counter offer by asking for a second-round pick." He added that Toronto did not seem willing to meet the Red Wings' price as of now in the negotiations.
On Tuesday morning, NHL insider Darren Dreger reports that Glendening is drawing interest on the trade market, but it's unclear if the Leafs still have interest in landing the player who has a good connection with Toronto head coach Mike Babcock.
"The Toronto Maple Leafs' interest in Glendening, it's pretty obvious, is the connection from [head coach Mike] Babcock to Glendening," Dreger told TSN Radio 1050 Toronto. "He'd be a depth centre, probably on the fourth line. The problem with him is - aside from anyone that wants to judge his hockey talent, if you're critical of his hockey talent - he has three years remaining after this year at $1.8 million per year. So Detroit would have to eat money and the sense that I was getting up until yesterday was that, yeah, Toronto had some interest but they weren't really in a position yet to make a legit offer, so it seemed dead.
"Now, over the course of the night, it sounds like Ken Holland and the Red Wings are now tracking a bit more interest in Glendening, but I don't know yet whether or not Toronto is back in that mix."
Toronto might have chosen to look elsewhere for a boost down the middle on the fourth line, or they may choose to trust veteran player Dominic Moore, or even give another chance to a young prospect like Frederik Gauthier, for example.
In the meantime, Holland might find another suitor, willing to meet him halfway on the demanding price for Glendening, who has tallied eight goals and 14 points in 46 games with the Red Wings this season. He has 32 goals and 74 points in 339 career NHL games, all with Detroit.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are said to be still seeking a third-line centre, but another deal with the Red Wings could be (another) mistake. The Pens made a deal with Detroit earlier this season, landing Riley Sheahan, and the move has not provided Pittsburgh with the boost they were hoping for down the middle. Trusting a fourth-line quality centre might be a cheaper option, but a risky one for the defending champions.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are also said to be seeking an update up front, and Glendening could be considered. Knowing that the Wings are hoping to acquire a second-round pick for the 28-year-old centre might allow the Jackets to make a compromise and land him for a third rounder.
Who knows? Toronto might be back in the running for Glendening later this week, as many teams are expected to change their minds and go back and forth on potential deals ahead of the deadline.
After all, there is only six days to go...