The Tampa Bay Lightning is actively trying to trade center Valtteri Filppula, as TFP first reported earlier this month, and it seems they came close to a move.
According to TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie, the Bolts had agreed to trade Filppula to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a larger deal with Brian Boyle, but Filppula exercised his no-movement clause and rejected a trade to Toronto.
After the larger deal fell apart, the Bolts moved Boyle to the Leafs on Monday.
Filppula, 32, makes $5 million per season and can list at least 16 teams he would accept a trade to. The Leafs were clearly not on that list.
In 59 games with the Bolts so far this season, Filppula has registered seven goals and 27 assists for 34 points.
The Nashville Predators, Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders are also believed to be engaged in discussions with the Lightning.