Matt Dumba skates with the Toronto Maple Leafs during a game.
Could Matt Dumba solve the Leafs' defensive woes? NHL trade rumors heat up as Toronto targets the Coyotes defenseman.

With Chris Tanev’s departure to Dallas, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ need for a stabilizing presence on the right side of their defense has become glaring. Enter Matt Dumba, the hard-hitting, offensively-minded blueliner from the Arizona Coyotes.

Inside sources suggest that the Leafs are circling Dumba as a potential trade target. This isn’t the first time the Leafs have shown interest in Dumba, making the potential deal even more intriguing. Dumba would bring physicality, a booming shot, and a veteran edge to Toronto’s lineup, complementing Morgan Rielly’s offensive style.

Could Matt Dumba Be The Leafs’ Missing Piece?

TSN hockey analyst Mike Johnson believes Dumba makes complete sense for Toronto, adding that the asking price could be surprisingly low – potentially just a 2024 third-round draft pick. Dumba’s contract expires after the 2023-2024 season, making him a cost-effective option for a Leafs team looking to bolster their roster for a deep playoff run.

While nothing is finalized, the stars seem to be aligning for a Matt Dumba trade to Toronto. Stay tuned as this situation develops.

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