Many within the NHL suggest a trade of that magnitude is more likely to occur during the off-season, but that hasn't stopped Nonis and his counterparts from discussing potential deals.
While the Maple Leafs will continue to explore the possibility of obtaining a top-line center, they are also focused on improving the club's overall defensive game.
Center Dave Bolland is expected to return to the lineup after the Olympic break, and his presence will help. He has been out of action since Nov. 2, when he lacerated a tendon in his ankle against the Vancouver Canucks.
The Leafs are hoping to sign Bolland to a contract extension, but if they're unable to by the trade deadline, there is a possibility the team will look to move him if they feel that cannot sign him to a new deal.
Nonis could also address his blueline, something he did on Jan. 1 when he acquired Tim Gleason from the Carolina Hurricanes for veteran John-Michael Liles.
The Leafs have been searching for a top-four, rugged blueliner, though the market is fairly limited, with only a handful of teams in selling mode coming out of the Olympic break on Feb. 24.