How the Toronto Maple Leafs Could Regain Their Top-Team Status

Dec 23, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (88) looks to
Dec 23, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (88) looks to / Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Get a Real 3C

Max Domi isn't a good NHL player, and the Toronto Maple Leafs should never have signed him. He is decent enough offensively, but he is a one-dimensional player who makes it very hard to ice a balanced lineup.

Domi hasn't lived up to expectations, and the Leafs need a better third-line centre. That centre should be Elias Lindholm.

A pending UFA that the Leafs should trade for and then let walk in the offseason, Lindholm is an excellent playoff rental and a stop-gap until Frazer Minten can take over the role next year.

If the Leafs send Domi back the other way, the difference is under $2 million in cap space. Lindholm might cost a first, but the Leafs have no choice but to cash in their draft picks to try to win while Auston Matthews is this good.

5. Play Nick Robertson More

Nick Robertson has the second best shot on the team and isn't even on the power-play. That alone is enough for me to want Keefe replaced. Robertson has been great this year, in a sheltered role.

But he doesn't need to be sheltered. I'd love to see him play with Tavares. This guy does nothing but compete and score. He needs more ice-time.