Trade deadline doesn’t faze veteran Leafs

Trade deadline doesn’t faze veteran Leafs

Tyler Bozak has seen a few trade deadlines in his time as a Maple Leaf, but he’s still here and hopes that’s the case at 3:01 p.m. a week Monday.

Some pundits doubted his long-term future, then said he was incompatible as Phil Kessel’s centre, now it’s his age (almost 32) and expiring contract that making headlines approaching the fateful Feb. 26 date.

“This is probably my sixth year they’ve said I’m getting traded,” Bozak said Tuesday. “Who knows, but I don’t think about it too much, I just go out there and play. It’s out of your control.”

 Toronto’s success, this year and last, and Bozak’s ongoing role with winger James van Riemsdyk has made him a valued part of a winning team, rather than a spare part another club will pick off.

“Whenever you’re out of (the playoffs) at tis time of year, you know there are going to be moves and a few of your buddies will get traded. That could still happen now. But we’re happy with what we have (in the dressing room). This year, it’s fun to be part of. If they’re going to add pieces, they will.”

 GM Lou Lamoriello ‘rewarded’ the team by acquiring centre Brian Boyle last year when Toronto unexpectedly made the playoffs.

“If that’s the route we’re going to go, that would be awesome,” Bozak said.

LHornby@postmedia.com  

  

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