Well the NHL trade deadline has come and gone and the Toronto Maple Leafs did… absolutely nothing.
Not that this wasn’t expected but several teams in the Atlantic Division made additions. The Montreal Canadiens acquired Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders. The Boston Bruins brought in Andrej Meszaros. The Tampa Bay Lightning traded Martin St. Louis, but brought in Ryan Callahan. The Detroit Red Wings got David Legwand.
The Ottawa Senators got Ales Hemsky. The Florida Panthers brought in Roberto Luongo yesterday. Even the Buffalo Sabres brought in a player in Cory Conacher. The only team in the Atlantic Division that did not make a move was the Leafs. Will that come back to bite them?
Now, it’s not a sure thing that all teams in the Atlantic will improve with their new acquisitions but all of them obviously think they will. The Leafs are now relying on a team that has lost three straight coming out of the Olympic break. Sure, the same team was on a hot streak prior to the break but that was then and this is now.
The Leafs are still waiting for Dave Bolland, whose return seems to get delayed with each passing game. They think of him as a trade deadline acquisition, but if he doesn’t suit up for another week, how much of a difference can he make in the closing weeks while trying to get back into game action?
The Toronto Maple Leafs certainly are taking a risk doing nothing while every other team in their division did something to get better, either now or in the future.