Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis is perfectly satisfied playing the waiting game with pending unrestricted free agents Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur.

Neither player is likely to receive a contract extension in the next month, although that could change.

Nor is Nonis going to ship either player out by the April 3 trade deadline just because their respective deals run out this summer.

Nonis is open to moving both players, as he is with many of the components on the Maple Leafs roster. In order for that to happen, however, the motivation would come because of an overwhelming offer, not because of a player’s expiring contract status.

“I’ve never had a problem with a player who was going to be a UFA staying with the team after the trade deadline and then working something out at a later date,” Nonis said on Monday.

“That’s exactly what happened with us in Vancouver with Sami Salo.”

Back in 2007, Salo’s two-year, $3 million US contract with the Canucks was coming to an end.

Rather than overreact by moving him immediately in order to get some kind of return in case Salo opted to leave over the summer, Nonis, then with Vancouver, did not make any kind of knee-jerk reaction at the trade deadline. Things eventually worked out for the best weeks later when Salo, who had previously claimed he wanted to remain on the Left Coast, signed a four-year extension worth an estimated $14 million.

“There was no animosity there at all,” Nonis said. “I’ve learned that if players are happy in their situations and the eventual compensation is fair, there is no problem in waiting.