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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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 25: John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Duck . (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 25: John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Duck . (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

John Gibson

John Gibson is 27 years old and has long been considered one of the NHL’s best goalies who just happens to be stuck on a bad team.  This year his numbers are not good, and so I have no idea if the Leafs would actually consider him any kind of upgrade over Andersen or not.

While Gibson would be a nice acquisition, his contract is for almost seven million and runs forever.

David Rittich

Rittich is seventh in the NHL over the last three years in high-danger save percentage (min. 4000 minutes) while Andersen is 20th.  The Flames may be heading for a rebuild and the 28 year old goalie could be available.

He lacks the sexy name recognition, but he makes half of Andersen’s salary, wouldn’t cost a lot to acquire and has excellent stats.

Joonas Korpisalo / Elvis Merzlikens

The 26  year old destroyed the Leafs, along with Elvis Merzlikens, last summer in the playoffs, despite their team getting completely dummied by the superior opposition.

Columbus has two goalies and they aren’t competing this year.  The Leafs, having been humbled by the pair of them, may consider one or the other if they are serious about upgrading on Old Freddie.

Thatcher Demo

Having inexplicably given money and term to Brayden Holtby, the horribly managed Canucks do seem like they could be tricked into a move like this.  If available, it’d be a slam dunk to go for Demko.

Igor Shestyorkin / Alexander Georgiev

The Rangers have two goalies, one 25 one 24, who are young and talented.  One of them is their goalie of the future, the other may be the Toronto Maple Leafs goalie of the future.  If available, I like this option a lot.