Dreger on speculation about Josh Anderson and Leafs

Josh Anderson is finding his name in the trade rumor mill again.

The Columbus Blue Jackets forward was mentioned by Nick Kypreos on Saturday Headlines on Hockey Night in Canada.

“Interesting, he started the game on the weekend on the fourth line,” indicated Kypreos. “He’s a big, strong, heavy guy. There is no trade request yet from Josh Anderson, but clearly he’s unhappy. Two teams that have always shown interest in Josh Anderson in the past - Toronto and the Montreal Canadiens.”

Anderson is in the second season of a three-year, $5.5 million contract signed in early October of 2017.

Although the HNIC report was not mentioned directly, Darren Dreger was asked about “rumors that the Maple Leafs may have interest” in Anderson while the NHL Insider was on First Up on Toronto’s TSN 1050 Monday morning.

“Can you confirm or deny that?”

“No, I can’t,” indicated Dreger. “And that stuff surfaces on a semi-regular basis. Josh Anderson is one of those players that I don’t know if he doesn’t fit the eye of John Tortorella, or whatever it is. But you remember was it a year ago there was a stalemate there, and there were all kind of trade rumors percolating around the National Hockey League. I recall at that point Toronto being in that, in the sense that Toronto was being speculated as having considerable interest. And that’s likely where that’s generating from now.

“He’s a good player, so all teams would be interested providing there was a way to make this happen. “

Anderson’s cap hit is $1.85 million.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly