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Insider Lists 6 Possible Trade Targets for Maple Leafs Defense

NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman lists six possible trade targets for the Toronto Maple Leafs ahead of the trade deadline.

As the NHL Trade Deadline looms just weeks away, the Toronto Maple Leafs, led by first-year general manager Brad Treliving, are gearing up to enhance their roster. Teetering on the edge of playoff contention at this season’s All-Star break, this is the time for the team to talk strategy. Who are the Leafs’ trade targets ahead of the deadline? Are they just focused on defense? How much are they willing to push in to get what they need? Do they believe they are contenders?

NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman believes the team isn’t all in and has said in the past he’s not quite sure the organization is convinced this is the year. At the same time, he noted in his recent “32 Thoughts” podcast that Treliving is committed to pursuing a trade, particularly with a focus on reinforcing their defensive lineup. “Toronto’s looking at every defenseman in the league,” Friedman asserted. “If there is a defenseman they like, they’re going to try to get him.”

Leafs Insider Luke Fox has compiled a list of potential defensive targets that could be on Toronto’s radar, including names like Chris Tanev, Noah Hanifin, Jakob Chychrun, Ilya Lyubushkin, Sean Walker, Adam Boqvist, Nick Seeler, Matt Dumba, and Erik Johnson.

How Much Will Maple Leafs Give For What They Need at the Deadline?

Facing these critical considerations, the Maple Leafs find themselves at a juncture where they must engage in serious deliberations over the All-Star break. The urgency to establish a deadline plan, outlining their role in the trade market – whether as a buyer or potentially a seller – is imperative. Beyond determining their stance, the focus will shift to identifying specific needs and evaluating available players who can genuinely contribute to the team’s objectives. Then it’s about timing. When do the Leafs push in, if they elect to do so?

Brad Treliving Toronto Maple Leafs GM

In light of the intense competition for defensive assets and the team’s aspirations to solidify their position in the postseason, the Leafs may find it necessary to act decisively ahead of the market at this year’s NHL Trade Deadline to secure the players they believe will make a meaningful impact.

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  1. gcmgome

    January 30, 2024 at 5:40 pm

    Here’s hoping that anything done prior to the trade deadline is a hockey deal looking as much to current needs as it is to the future. What the Leafs should have at the very top of their shopping list is a right shooting defender with size. At the moment the Leafs have 2 natural righties who are easily pushed off of the puck in Liljegren and Timmins, with an unnatural righty in Brodie who is also easily pushed off of the puck.
    If watching lefty Benoit this season has reminded us of anything, it is how nice it is to have at least one stay at home defender on the ice who is not so easily overpowered.
    It is my hope that the Leafs are looking for more of that.

  2. afp1961

    January 30, 2024 at 7:40 pm

    as we get closer and closer to the trade deadline the price of poker goes up. Treliving should have done his business by now. Watch Rutherford in Vancouver start his business earlier than the rest. Treliving is not in a good position. At best I see the leafs with about 4M in cap space if they drop to league min and bury a few ELCs. That will buy you maybe one player.

    Another method is to buy a teams bad deal for our bad deal. So trade away a Kampf for a Dman with 1-2 years left of term. Maybe Jones becomes a trade piece if Woll can come back healthy. Lots of permutations.

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