Yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs let the NHL Trade Deadline come and go without making a deal. Since the big Ryan Miller to St.Louis blockbuster, Toronto is only one of two teams that did not make a move before the deadline, the other being the Winnipeg Jets.
There were several teams in the Eastern Conference, let alone the Atlantic Division, that made moves to improve their team. Two teams in the Atlantic, one above the Leafs in the standings and one below, the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings, respectively, made significant moves that should make them better teams.
The Canadiens won the Thomas Vanek sweepstakes and they didn’t give up a whole heck of a lot to do it. The Red Wings acquired David Legwand to provide insurance while Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are out.
The Leafs are now hoping that the team they have now is good enough to make the playoffs. They currently hold the third spot in the Atlantic Division, but only by one point. They still have to hold off several teams if they don’t want to fall back.
With 18 games left in the season, the Leafs have to hope that the improvements made by other teams don’t work out and that the lineup that has problems all season long can solve them in time.