4 Big-Name Players Toronto Maple Leafs Could Trade For

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 21: Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks to make a play against Seth Jones #3 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on October 21, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blue Jackets defeated the Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 21: Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks to make a play against Seth Jones #3 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on October 21, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blue Jackets defeated the Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – OCTOBER 21: Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs  e. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

Don’t be shocked if the Toronto Maple Leafs make a big move before the start of the 2021-22 season.

After another disappointing season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are rumored to be big-name hunting, as they look to regroup and make a run at the Stanley Cup in 2022. According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, the Leafs will be making a splash this offseason.

On The Steve Dangle Podcast, Johnston mentioned the following:

"“There’s going to be like one player on this roster on opening night that is going to get everyone excited. I’m talking like a big name, a big promise player and no ones gonna see it coming,”"

The Leafs should have a decent amount of cap-space this offseason, so attracting a big-name could be possible. If Alex Kerfoot ($3.5M) is traded, or they don’t re-sign Zach Hyman, there will be some extra money to spend.

It’ll be very interesting to see who Toronto targets, but their main objective should be a top-six winger and a top-four defenseman. The forward should be a replacement player for Hyman and the defenseman should be someone with size and who’s can score goals and play well defensively.

Obviously those types of trades are hard to pull off, but there are a few names floating around the NHL that Toronto could target.

Here are four potential trade targets for the Toronto Maple Leafs.