Or maybe a trade is coming, didnt wanted to take a chance to play him and get him injured
Mac A for Joe Thorton
I think he's gone. I think if they were interested in keeping him he would have been extended already. They can maybe screw around like this with Bozak and sign him this summer but Mac has been around longer. He has no special allegiance to the club. I would have expected Boz to be gone as well, but their stubborn continued use of him as Kessel's center suggests to me he will finish the season a Leaf. Otherwise they should have been auditioning Grabo/Colborne/JVR as Kessel's center in support of the playoff run (unless they are actually committed to acquiring Stastny/Roy/Cammy so just want to pad TB's stats a bit, but this seems like an "un Nonis" gamble).