With the NHL trade deadline only five weeks away and if the Toronto Maple Leafs want to make a trade with a team south of the border, GM Kyle Dubas will have to make a move soon with the 2 week quarantine required for players coming from the USA to Canada.
Michael Trikos of the Toronto Sun reports, Toronto doesn’t need a winger like Taylor Hall. It doesn’t need more skill or scoring. It needs more blue-collar players like Zach Bogosian and Wayne Simmonds. Guys like Nashville defenceman Mattias Ekholm and Calgary forward Sam Bennett. It needs guys that can push back against Boston and Tampa and Vegas. Guys that can help the Leafs win the Stanely Cup.
This is the best Toronto Maple Leafs team in years and not having to face Boston, or Tampa until the conference finals, the Leafs need to make a few depth moves that will add grit to their lineup. Yes the Leafs are up against the salary cap, but Dubas and friends must find a way to make the trade.
Expect to read about a lot more NHL trade rumors in the next few weeks about the Leafs as they will NOT wait until the trade deadline to make a trade.