Ilya Lyubushkin, Anaheim Ducks defenseman, could be headed to the Toronto Maple Leafs
Leafs mulling a Lyubushkin reunion? Insider Darren Dreger sparks trade rumors with analysis.

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ search for defensive reinforcement could lead them back to a familiar face. NHL insider Darren Dreger, speaking on TSN Radio 1050, believes the Leafs should make a play for Anaheim Ducks defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin.

Dreger sees Lyubushkin as a seamless fit alongside Morgan Rielly and suggests a second-round pick might be enough to seal the deal.

Could Ilya Lyubushkin Reunite with the Toronto Maple Leafs?

Lyubushkin, a rugged, right-shot defenseman, spent a brief stint with the Leafs during the 2021-22 season. His hard-hitting, physical style could be exactly what Toronto needs to shore up their defense in the playoffs.

With Timothy Liljegren and T.J. Brodie finding chemistry during Rielly’s recent suspension, it’s become clear that Brodie excels on the left side of the pairing. Adding Lyubushkin would allow Brodie to remain in his more comfortable position while giving Rielly a reliable partner.

The Leafs undoubtedly want to bolster their backline for a deep playoff run. Lyubushkin provides a physical element that’s often missing from their defense, making him an intriguing target for GM Brad Treliving.

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