32 Potential Trade Options for the Toronto Maple Leafs

COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 20: Joonas Korpisalo #70 of the Columbus Blue Jackets makes a save during the third period of the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 20, 2017 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Toronto 4-2. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 20: Joonas Korpisalo #70 of the Columbus Blue Jackets makes a save during the third period of the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 20, 2017 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Toronto 4-2. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 24: Taylor Hall #4 of the Buffalo Sabres  . (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

Taylor Hall

Hall is a superstar, former Hart Trophy winner who just keeps landing on teams even worse than the last.  A left winger who would (like Mantha or Forsberg) make the Leafs into (essentially) an all-star team, Hall is a pending UFA who may actually be available.,

The Red Wings probably aren’t going to trade Mantha, and the Predators probably aren’t going to trade Forsberg, but the Sabres will 100% be willing to trade Hall.

Even though he’s an even more one-dimensional than Forsberg (Hall is better than only 15% of forwards defensively) he’s still going to make the team better.  It’s questionable how much balance is necessary in the NHL, despite that seeming counter-intuitive.

The facts are that if you have the puck in the other team’s end, you’re playing the best kind of defense possible, since you cannot allow a goal in such a situation.  You’d have to have literally no interest in hockey to not be curious about seeing what a player like Hall or Forsberg could do with the room playing on a line with Matthews or Marner would give them.

Again, I keep coming back to two facts when I think about adding players like this. 1: The Leafs already score more than most, if not all, other teams. 2) Adding defensively strong players is cheaper.