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January 5, 2017 | 2:30pm ET
Plenty of interest in Leafs' JVR

A number of teams have significant interest in Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk, but the Leafs are in no rush to move him.

van Riemsdyk, 27, has one-year left on his contract after this season and comes with an affordable annual salary cap hit of $4.25 million. He also owns a limited no-trade clause where he can list up to 10 teams he will not accept a move to.

Several teams are in the market for a top-line sniper, specifically one who can play the left wing, and van Riemsdyk's attractive contract ups his value.

The Maple Leafs are not against moving JVR, but the club will want a top-tier defenseman as part of any trade, especially one made prior to the March 1 trade deadline.

With the Leafs in the thick of things in the Atlantic Division playoff race, Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello can drive an even harder bargain with teams interested in his winger.

The Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings have expressed some form of interest in van Riemsdyk in the past, though it's unclear if trade talks with any of those clubs are ongoing.

The Penguins almost acquired van Riemdsyk in the summer of 2015, but made a move with the Leafs to bring in Phil Kessel, instead.

It's believed talks with the Wild may have centered on defenseman Jonas Brodin.

In 37 games with the Leafs so far this season, van Riemsdyk has registered 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points.


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