No. 3: Damon Severson
The most logical trade for the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Deadline this year is to trade for Damon Severson.
He’s arguably the best defenseman available, has term at only $4.1M AAV for the next season and can fit a top-four, if not top-two role for this team.
Despite signing Dougie Hamilton in the off-season and already having P.K. Subban on the team, Severson is the top-defenseman on the New Jersey Devils’ power-play. Not only that, but he can play penalty-kill minutes as well and leads the team in ice-time.
Severson has 33 points in 57 games this year and is a legitimate top-four defenseman who would step in beautifully with the Leafs. As I’ve mentioned before, the Leafs don’t want to sign a player who’s one-dimensional.
If they’re going to trade assets for someone, they’re going to get a player who can play all facets of the game and that’s Severson. The Devils are in a weird spot right now. They have some good pieces, but they’re still in a rebuilding phase.
Would they really want to give up a top-four defenseman right now who isn’t a pending UFA? That’s the one million dollar question, but the Toronto Maple Leafs should be calling them every day to find out.