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Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported during Hockey Night in Canada’s “Headlines” segment on Feb. 3 that Leivo had requested a trade – something Lamoriello denied on Monday.
“Josh has never made a (trade) request to my knowledge,” he told Jonas Siegel of The Athletic.
Since proving his worth in the AHL, Leivo has spent most of his time with the Leafs as a cheerleader. The 24-year-old has played in just 25 games over the past two seasons, and in only 53 during his five-year NHL career. Despite the irregular playing time, he has 10 goals and 11 assists while averaging less than 11 minutes of ice time.