3 Forwards Toronto Maple Leafs Might Consider at the Trade Deadline

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No. 3: Tyler Toffoli

While Tyler Toffoli's playoff stats may not jump off the page with only 18 goals and 44 points in 88 games, there's a sense that he could be a perfect fit for the intensity of playoff hockey in Toronto.

As a native of Scarborough, ON, Toffoli finds himself in the final year of a $4.25 million contract, making him a potential trade target as the New Jersey Devils struggle to secure a playoff berth.

This season, Toffoli has already tallied 26 goals, marking the sixth time in his career he's reached that milestone.

Despite the Leafs boasting an impressive offensive lineup featuring stars like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares, and William Nylander, as well as a supporting cast including Matthew Knies, Tyler Bertuzzi, Max Domi, Calle Jarnkrok, and Bobby McMann, Toffoli could provide an additional layer of high-end talent.

Toffoli thrives when paired with a playmaker, making him a valuable asset who could elevate a third-line alongside players like Max Domi or John Tavares.

Regardless of his linemates, his knack for finding the back of the net could prove invaluable to a team that has faltered in crucial moments. While Matthews, Nylander, Marner, and Tavares are expected to carry the scoring burden, adding another elite winger like Toffoli could be the difference-maker in high-pressure situations.

Although Toffoli's $4.25 million price tag may seem steep, a potential deal involving salary retention and Calle Jarnkrok as part of the package could make it more palatable for the Leafs. Historically, the Leafs have shown a propensity for acquiring local players who are eager to compete for a Stanley Cup in their hometown, making Toffoli a natural fit.


While bolstering their defensive ranks remains a top priority for the Leafs, adding another proven goal-scorer like Toffoli could be the X-factor in critical playoff matchups.