With the March 21st NHL trade deadline approaching, trade rumours surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs are starting to heat up.
There are lots of rumours about who the Toronto Maple Leafs may acquire, but there’s not much talk about what the Leafs might give up in return.
Perhaps that’s rightfully so. Around last year’s trade deadline the Toronto Maple Leafs were able to acquire six players (Nick Foligno, David Rittich, Ben Hutton, Riley Nash, Antti Suomela and Stefan Noesen) and gave up the often scratched Alexander Barabanov and six faceless draft picks. There’s obvious value in draft picks, but the actual roster was left relatively unscathed.
However, this season may be different. The Toronto Maple Leafs no longer have so many picks to pay for players. At the same time, the Leafs may not need as many “insurance players” with a healthy amount of depth players now on the Marlies and taxi squad.
What do the Toronto Maple Leafs have to offer? Who do they want to trade, who would they trade if the price was right and what would other teams value?