NHL trade rumors: Canucks, Oilers interested in Leafs' Nikita Zaitsev

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NHL trade rumors: Canucks, Oilers interested in Leafs' Nikita Zaitsev
NHL trade rumors: Canucks, Oilers interested in Leafs' Nikita Zaitsev

As the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers take steps to assess their roster and find the winning formula, Toronto Maple Leafs' blueliner Nikita Zaitsev is reportedly on each team's radar. According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Zaitsev is said to be one of the top names hitting the market. The Canucks were primarily interested in the 27-year-old defenseman and now the Oilers are ready to go in for him as well. TSN's Bob MacKenzie added that Zaitsev requested a trade earlier this offseason due to personal reasons and Sportsnet reported he complained to a Russian publication about his role on the team this season. Zaitsev was taken fourth overall in the 2009 KHL Draft, and worked his way up as a top

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