The Top 5 Players the Toronto Maple Leafs Should Trade For

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The #1 Dream Trade Deadline Acquisition for the Toronto Maple Leafs

Claude Giroux may be 34, but he’s still an elite game-breaking superstar.

On the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he would be the 5th scoring forward to watch out for, he’d be nearly unstoppable.  Teams already have no answer for the relentless attack the Leafs have to offer, and with Giroux in the fold (same as if they added Larkin) they’d be like a hot knife slicing through butter.

On a bad team as the opposing defender’s main focus, Giroux is still nearly averaging a point-per-game at age 34. On Toronto he’d have so much room to operate he’d feel like he was playing in the AHL.

This level of upgrade may or may not be in the Leafs plans, but it should be.

The current management group has nothing to lose, so I expect they will make a big move, and the move to make is to pry Claude Giroux out of Philly.

He’s tough, he can score, he can defend, and his leadership couldn’t hurt.  Giroux is the total package, and it would be Christmas in Leafland if they traded for him.

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Adding Claude Giroux will make the Toronto Maple Leafs the NHL’s best team, so they should make it happen.