3 Goalies Toronto Maple Leafs Should Consider Trading For

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No. 2: Jacob Markstrom

Markstrom has been a topic of discussion on numerous occasions, and rightfully so. Even though he is 34 years old, his performance warrants attention, particularly in the context of a potential move to Toronto.

Despite facing challenges last season, Markstrom has rebounded impressively this year, showcasing his talent even amidst the struggles of a Calgary team that has been somewhat overachieving.

It's evident that Markstrom deserves to be part of a competitive team. Despite his lengthy tenure in the NHL since 2010, he has only participated in two playoff runs.

However, his limited playoff experience doesn't diminish his ability to shine in crucial moments. It's unfair to blame him for his teams' shortcomings in the playoffs. In 2020, for instance, a slight twist of fate could have propelled Vancouver on an unexpected postseason journey, but they narrowly missed out to the Dallas Stars.

Given Markstrom's caliber, it's surprising that he hasn't been traded yet. However, the delay presents an opportunity for Brad Treliving to reach out to his former team and negotiate a deal. For the Leafs, securing a goaltender of Markstrom's caliber is crucial for their championship aspirations. While other options exist, such as Juuse Sarros, the likelihood of acquiring him from Nashville seems slim.

With the trade deadline looming, there's a strong possibility that Markstrom could be on the move, given the persistent rumors surrounding his availability. Although trading with a former colleague might raise eyebrows, the Leafs possess valuable assets, including a first-round pick and promising prospects, making them an appealing trade partner.

Treliving should seize the opportunity to bolster the Leafs' goaltending depth and make a move that could propel them closer to championship contention.