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February 26, 2017 | 9:20am ET
Maple Leafs, Red Wings talking trade

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings have been engaged in trade talks, as the Leafs appear to be eyeing forward Riley Sheahan and defenseman Brendan Smith.

During Saturday night's "Headlines" segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Nick Kypreos reported the Leafs have expressed interest in Sheahan.

According to Kypreos, Sheahan "could cost you as much as a first-rounder if the Leafs want him."

The Red Wings are exploring the possibility of re-signing Smith to an extension, but with the expansion draft on the horizon, a deal might not get ironed out until the off-season.

Smith, 28, is in the final year of his contract and can become a restricted free agent July 1.

Sheahan, 25, has one-year left on his deal after this season at a salary cap hit of $2.075 million.

The Leafs and Red Wings had discussed both Sheahan and Smith in the past, going back to last season when the two teams had chatted about a Dion Phaneuf trade. However, Phaneuf was later traded to the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 9, 2016.


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