A quick follow-up on my article yesterday.
Yesterday, I talked about the problem the Toronto Maple Leafs would have if they made a trade and how it would impact their attempts at re-signing their players.
Well, after a day, it has come to mind that the Leafs have only one choice. Unless it trade is minor and involves only draft picks/prospects or clears cap space, a trade should not happen.
The Leafs have too much at stake to make a rash move that changes their lineup and their plans for the future. The Leafs have too many free agents and future prospects to change now.
With players like Dion Phaneuf, Cody Franson, James Reimer, Dave Bolland, Mason Raymond and more all free agents at the end of the season, it would be unwise to add salary at this time. That means the Leafs would only be able make dollar-for-dollar trades or shedding salary deals. Both types of trades wouldn’t net the Leafs anything special.
Not to mention, the Leafs have a few prospects that could be ready to break into the lineup next season. On top of Morgan Rielly, the Leafs have Josh Leivo, Tyler Biggs, Spencer Abbott, Korbinian Holzer and Petter Granberg all close to being Leafs. The Leafs will need roster spots for at least a few of them.
So no matter what happens this year, whether they make the playoffs or not, the Leafs should stand pat. It will be better for them in the long run.