toronto_mapleleafs_logoA report in today’s Globe & Mail says the Toronto Maple Leafs might use their spare salary-cap space to take defenseman Wade Redden and forward Peter Schaefer off the hands of the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, respectively.

Schaefer, who played all of last season with Providence (AHL) after a disappointing 2007-08 season in Boston, is signed for one more season at $2.3 million. Obviously, any trade that rids the Bruins or Rangers of such cap-cluttering contracts would require the clubs to sweeten the pot for the Leafs with a draft pick or some other considerations. Should the Bruins not manage to deal Schafer, he could still be a candidate for a buyout before the June 30 deadline, but Boston is unlikely to go that route.

“I’m going (to Montreal) to listen to offers,” Toronto general manager Brian Burke told the Globe & Mail.

Trade talks will really heat up today with most of the 30 NHL GMs landing in Montreal for this weekend’s draft

Elsewhere around the division:

•Dealing Dany Heatley is proving as difficult as expected for Ottawa. One report says the Kings and Wild might have the best chance.

•Burke is still trying to make the Maple Leafs tougher.