3 Defenseman Toronto Maple Leafs Are Rumored To Be Interested in Trading For

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The Toronto Maple Leafs needing to bolster their defense is no secret. Even before injuries and suspensions hit the blue-line, the Leafs defensive lineup was already facing challenges. However, if the team aims to make a serious playoff run, significant improvements are imperative.

I've maintained a pessimistic view of the Toronto Maple Leafs roster and have been vocal about my expectations for GM Brad Treliving to utilize the team's considerable cap space more effectively.

When you possess $20 million in cap space alongside four of the NHL's top forwards, prudent spending becomes paramount. Regrettably, Treliving's decisions didn't align with this strategy.

The glaring need for defensive upgrades was apparent during the offseason, yet Treliving's allocation of funds, notably to John Klingberg, proved misguided.

Observers of the game recognized Klingberg's offensive prowess, but his defensive capabilities left much to be desired. His signing, therefore, proved to be a costly misstep, effectively squandering $4 million. While Klingberg's subsequent placement on LTIR provides a temporary financial reprieve, it doesn't negate the initial error.

With the freed-up Klingberg funds and the potential to shed more salary (such as David Kampf or Calle Jarnkrok), the Leafs possess the resources to orchestrate a significant trade. Personally, I'm hesitant about executing such a move at this year's NHL Trade Deadline.

It might be wiser to assess options during the offseason. However, there's likely pressure from team president Brendan Shanahan for Treliving to pursue an aggressive approach.

Consequently, the Leafs are reportedly eyeing three specific defensemen as potential targets: