The Toronto Maple Leafs made a big move yesterday, and the NHL Trade Deadline is today at 3 PM.
It’s that time of year again, the NHL trade deadline! The takes are piping hot and the armchair GM mock trades are as horrendous as always. Despite this, it is one of my favourite times of the NHL calendar. Between the Toronto Maple Leafs rumours and the big moves, it’s always exciting to see the dominos fall and to speculate on “who won” and what such and such team should do, as a fan.
Behind the walls inside NHL team’s war rooms though, it’s probably one of the most stressful times of the season. From outside market pressure to internal job pressure to trade market forces, it’s understandable to see why this would be the case.
This is why I think it’s important for Kyle Dubas and Co. to stick to their guns and not give in to the pressure. The Leafs fanbase is understandably irritated and fed up with the previous playoff failures over the last half-decade. They reasonably would like to see some big splashes and for the Leafs to go all-in.
I’d ultimately agree with this sentiment but, I don’t think the Toronto Maple Leafs should be giving up any of their top prospects/ELC contributing NHL players. This includes; Nick Robertson, Rodion Amirov, Matthew Knies, Topi Niemela, Timothy Liljegren, and Rasmus Sandin. This isn’t because of any protectionism I feel, it’s just smart strategy and it’s how you win cups, often times multiple.