To quote a recently departed Maple Leafs’ exec: “We (GMs) make more mistakes at the trade deadline than any other day of the year.”

Current club commissar Dave Nonis is under no such suicide watch. He’s definitely not under delusion his team’s on the verge of a Cup and must risk the farm for a veteran or two by 3 p.m. Wednesday. There are too many scars from previous administrations erring on that point.

But neither have the Leafs magically cured their depth deficiency just because they hold down the sixth seed heading to the finish line. Why not try extending your first foray in eight years into the merry, merry month of May as long as you can? That’s why Nonis had his cell nearly grafted to his ear at the MasterCard Centre on Tuesday, as the Leafs practised below.

He was in deep discussion with Calgary counterpart Jay Feaster for goalie Miikka Kiprusoff. TSN reports had Nonis speaking one-on-one to the 36-year-old, to discuss a contract extension and off-ice matters pertaining to his wife and newborn. A secondary plan could involve Edmonton’s 40-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin, unless there’s a tectonic plate shift under Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis. The latter’s acquisition of Derek Roy would seem to cool interest in Leafs centre Tyler Bozak. But a reduced package of players and picks might yet land Roberto Luongo, if the market is soft and Nonis is still game to get Luongo at a decent price.

Just to make sure something gets done on the goalie front, the Leafs have formally signed ex-Sabre Drew MacIntyre, the Marlies starter of late, to an NHL deal.

After a terrible start Monday night against Edmonton, two goals on two shots, Kiprusoff was in no mood to talk about his future.

“I’m here getting ready for the next game,” he told reporters in Calgary on Tuesday. “I’m not going to talk about any trade stuff.”

Whether his next game is Thursday in Toronto against the Flyers or Wednesday’s rematch with the Oilers will soon be evident.

But all the goalie gossip might be masking Nonis’ pursuit of an equally valuable commodity. With next to nothing in reserve defencemen of the stay-at-home type, the Leafs should have their name in for the remaining blue line trade bait. The Leafs have a few offensive defencemen (Jake Gardiner is sitting at present) and prospects of that ilk. But for the trenches, it’s down to Korbinian Holzer and a banged-up Mike Komisarek. That won’t likely be enough insurance to cover 12 regular-season games and whatever playoff fate awaits.