Travis Zajac isn’t getting shipped to Toronto.
At least according to his agent, anyway.
On Thursday, Kurt Overhardt told TSN’s Darren Dreger there’s “absolutely no truth” to reports of his client getting traded.
The denial comes just days after Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that “there’s more than one NHL exec” who thinks new Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello would “love” to acquire Zajac.
It didn’t take long for people to start connecting dots.
Lamoriello, of course, was the GM in New Jersey that signed Zajac to an eight-year, $46 million extension in 2013.
“I think anytime you have a core player and the type of player he is, he’s developed himself into all-situation, complete player,” Lamoriello said at the time. “And he’s one of our core leaders and has been since Day 1.”
LouLam’s affinity for Zajac dates back to the 2004 draft. The Devils scouted Zajac quite thoroughly prior to the event, then traded up to the No. 20 overall pick to select him.
A two-time 60-point guy, Zajac’s production has dropped in recent years, bottoming out with just 11 goals and 25 points in 74 games last season.
That, combined with the fact he turns 31 in May, had many Leafs fans puzzled about a potential deal, given the club’s in the midst of a rebuild.