The Leafs are a top-five team in the East and an impact trade would help them make a run at the Stanley Cup. GM Kyle Dubas has confirmed that the Leafs will look to make a trade for a defenceman.
Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star reports the Leafs will have to trade their first round pick plus a roster player/prospects to land a defenceman like Dallas’s John Klingberg, Arizona’s Jakob Chychrun or Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm.
Zwolinski went on to say, the Leafs are currently weighing the performances of several defencemen and forwards — Justin Holl, Rasmus Sandin, Timothy Liljegren, Travis Dermott, Ilya Mikheyev and Pierre Engvall — and could include one or two of the mentioned players in any trade package.
It looks like the Leafs will make another impact trade at the NHL trade deadline and are willing to give up some roster players with a first rounder to get the player they want.