The Toronto Maple Leafs are making a trade, but it may not be for a player you’re very familiar with.
There have been a number of “big-name” players floating in Toronto Maple Leafs trade rumors. John Klingberg is the most obvious choice, but let’s not talk about him today.
Instead, let’s focus our attention to a few players that are good NHLers that may not be too known to the average Leafs fan.
Since the Leafs are tight to the salary cap this season and next, adding a player can be tricky for financial reasons. Although you’d love to add the best player, sometimes you need to get creative and add someone on less term and less money to improve your roster.
Over the years, the Toronto Maple Leafs have done this with a few players in the offseason, but they haven’t been able to execute the perfect mid-season trade. Ondrej Kase, Jason Spezza and Michael Bunting are all great examples of players on cheap contracts who have helped this tremendously this year, so think of someone like that through this experiment.
The Leafs need forward depth but they could also use help on the blue-line.
As a result, here are a few under-the-radar players that the Toronto Maple Leafs should target at the NHL Trade Deadline this year.