The Toronto Maple Leafs were very quiet on the National Hockey League's trade deadline day, seemingly content with the moves they had made earlier during the course of the last week.
That however appears not to have been the case after all as the Maple Leafs were reportedly involved in talks for at least one trade on the day, although obviously that trade never became a reality and eventually went to an opposing team within the Eastern Conference.
Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello was a guest on TSN's Trade Deadline special on Monday following the close of the 3 pm EST trade deadline, and he demonstrated rare candor by openly admitting that the Leafs were in on one of the biggest trades of the entire day.
Lamoriello was on TSN doing the interview when desk host James Duthie asked him point blank if the Maple Leafs had made any attempts to acquire New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh on the day.
"We certainly inquired about Ryan McDoangh," said Lamoriello.
When he was asked about just how close the Leafs came to actually pulling off the deal Lamoriello was a bit more cagey.
"As far as how far we were in on it.... obviously not far enough because he's with Tampa Bay," added Lamoriello.
The answer was given with a rare smile from Lamoriello, one that would appear to indicate that the Leafs may have in fact been close to pulling off the deal before the Lightning swooped in with a big offer to secure the Rangers defenseman.
One last thing worth noting here, Lamoriello also made it clear that both William Nylander and Mitch Marner would not have been included in a deal for McDonagh or any other deal for that matter, indicating that the Leafs want to keep their young forwards around for as long as possible.