The Toronto Maple Leafs appear to have collected the players they hope to challenge for the Stanley Cup.
Even with a mediocre start to the regular season, expectations are high for the Toronto Maple Leafs to make a deep run and utilize the offseason acquisitions new general manager Brad Treliving has made.
The NHL season is long and full of twists and turns. It’s reasonable to believe that the team, as constructed to start the season, won’t be the same group once the playoffs kick off. The Leafs have some clear holes in their lineup that will be addressed during the season, likely close to the NHL trade deadline.
By then, the Leafs will know where their most urgent needs lie.
Other clubs will also be able to determine their chances of clinching a playoff berth. If a team isn’t on pace to make the postseason, they will try to flip expiring contracts.
Specifically, that means trading away pending unrestricted free agents. Teams will want to recover assets instead of potentially losing talent to other teams with nothing to show in return.
There are many NHL players who will require a new deal next season. Five of them have a good chance of finishing the season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
These are the most likely players to see themselves in blue and white by the March 8, 2024 trade deadline.
(All statistics and contract information used within are derived from Cap Friendly.)