Toronto Maple Leafs Should Trade for One of These Defensemen

Apr 4, 2023; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Chris Tanev (8) skates during the warmup period against the Chicago Blackhawks at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2023; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Chris Tanev (8) skates during the warmup period against the Chicago Blackhawks at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /
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3 Defenseman the Toronto Maple Leafs Should Try to Trade For
OTTAWA, CANADA – NOVEMBER 11: Chris Tanev #8 of the Calgary Flames  (Photo by Chris Tanouye/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images) /

#2 Chris Tanev – Calgary Flames

Chris Tanev is another pending UFA that the Calgary Flames will want to trade or sign before the NHL trade deadline.

Toronto Maple Leafs GM, Brad Treliving, knows Tanev well from his time as GM in Calgary, and he knows what he can bring to the table.

Tanev is a top notch veteran defensive defenseman who swallows up a lot of ice-time. Unlike a lot of so-called defensive defenseman, Tanev does a lot more than throw big hits while getting hemmed in his own zone.  He has statistically been an elite defender for years, and the only thing stopping him from being an elite overall player has been the total lack of offense in his game.

An excellent top-pairing addition, the only risk/drawback is his age.

His $4.5 million cap hit is something that should be manageable for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Chris Tanev does have a 10 team no trade clause, but I’m sure he’d love to play in front of his family and friends in Toronto, the city where he was born.

There are more rumours about Tanev joining the Leafs than any other player right now.

It makes sense since Tanev is exactly the type of player the Toronto Maple Leafs need, and he could be a perfect fit.