5 North Division Players the Toronto Maple Leafs Should Trade For

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 4: Jordie Benn #8 of the Vancouver Canucks and Wayne Simmonds #24 of the Toronto Maple Leafs get set to trade punches during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on February 4, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Canucks 7-3.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 4: Jordie Benn #8 of the Vancouver Canucks and Wayne Simmonds #24 of the Toronto Maple Leafs get set to trade punches during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on February 4, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Canucks 7-3.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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VANCOUVER, BC – MARCH 22: Travis Hamonic #27 of the Vancouver Canucks  . (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) /

No. 2: Travis Hamonic, Vancouver Canucks

You’re not going to find too many better contracts that Hamonic’s in the trade market. With a $1.25M cap-hit, and a pending UFA, Hamonic would be a great addition to the Leafs.

Having played over 650 NHL games, Hamonic is a legit NHL defenseman. You’re not going to want him to provide top-four minutes on this roster, but he can easily play 10-14 minutes per night and not be a liability.

Toronto has a solid defensive group, but if someone goes down to injury, they’re screwed. They need to add as many NHL caliber defenseman as possible around the trade deadline to maintain as much depth as possible.

During his time with the Canucks this year, he’s been playing close to 20 minutes per night, but on this Leafs roster, that wouldn’t be necessary. It’s possible that Hamonic could take the spot of Zach Bogosian or Travis Dermott, but he’d more than likely be used sparingly with Toronto.

Hamonic is also a great addition to the Toronto Maple Leafs because he’s a right-handed shot and you can never have too many of those on your blue-line.