If Dubas sticks to his plan of acquiring players with term, these could be some of his best bargain options.
Trading with the Vancouver Canucks could return Luke Schenn to where his NHL career first started. Schenn would be a good depth option for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He brings plenty of playoff experience after helping the Tampa Bay Lightning win back-to-back Stanley Cups. Schenn also brings a ton of physicality, as evidenced by his 124 hits in 30 games this season. His salary-cap hit is just $850,000 this season and next season.
With Scott Mayfield, the Maple Leafs would get a defenseman that can play around 20 minutes a night. He can also be physical and has plenty of playoff experience. His $1.45 million salary cap hit this season and next season is a bargain for what he brings to the team.
Mayfield has recorded 120 blocked shots and 118 hits in 51 playoff games. Adding a defenseman that gives you stats like that while also playing close to 20 minutes a game is a must-have for the playoffs.
I believe Kyle Dubas needs to add defensive depth to have a good run in the playoffs. The team should have at least eight defensemen with NHL experience. If he can add two of the defensemen I mentioned and have Liljegren be the ninth defenseman on the depth chart, that is great depth.