Trade discussions between NHL clubs are starting to pick up. The Detroit Red Wings are among the teams believed to be eager to make a move. The Wings need to create some cap space and sources say Jordin Tootoo is in play. Detroit would like to call up Gustav Nyquist from the AHL but don't have the cap room to make it happen. Tootoo makes $1.9 mill. this season and is valued by some teams because of his grit. Meanwhile the Toronto Maple Leafs are willing to sweeten the pot to get John-Michael Liles back in the National Hockey League and off of the Leafs' books. Toronto will retain a significant portion of Liles's salary for the remainder of his contract to encourage a trade. Liles currently with the AHL's Toronto Marlies carries a $3.875 mill. cap hit through 2015-2016. He has a modified no-trade clause which includes a list of 12 teams submitted during the summer that he would accept a trade to. However at this point Liles is more than willing to consider all NHL interest.
Trade talks heating up
TSN | Oct 21