No. 2: Sean Walker
At $2.65M, on an expiring deal, Walker is a very intriguing trade target for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Similar to Tanev, Walker is a local kid (Keswick, ON), so coming to Toronto could be a welcomed sight for the 29-year-old.
So what type of player would the Leafs be acquiring if they traded for Walker?
Although he’s a relatively unknown defenseman throughout the NHL, he can fill a ton of gaps that Toronto is desperately missing.
His speed and skating abilities are unbelievable that resemble a lesser Morgan Rielly but at the same time, he’s been blocking shots and laying out hits like Mark Giordano this year.
He’d immediately jump into a top-four role with the Leafs defensive-core and would do almost everything above average, helping the team out defensively and potentially offensively.
In 23 games thus far, Walker has four goals and 11 points, while averaging 21 minutes per night.
With every game, it feels like his trade stock is going up, so Toronto would be best suited to jump on this player before another contender jumps in a pays a premium for him.