3 under-the-radar trades that will shake up the Maple Leafs at the deadline

Blockbuster trades are ideal for many reasons, but let’s not count out potential under-the-radar moves that could shake up the Maple Leafs.

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The Maple Leafs don’t have a ton of room to make a huge trade, and while such a transaction isn’t out of the question, they may instead roll with a more under-the-radar move that few would be talking about. It would be outstanding to see them land a big name like Chris Tanev or perhaps even someone like Jakob Chychrun, but it’s also smart to think outside the box before committing to such high-profile talents. 

The names listed below aren’t those you may immediately think about when it comes to Toronto making a big trade at or before the deadline. However, acquiring just one of them would provide incredible value for Toronto, perhaps even longer than the 2023-24 season. 

Just because there are three players listed, it doesn’t mean Toronto would make all three trades happen. For one, it would be more than a challenge, and for another, just one of these under-the-radar names - one defenseman, one goaltender, and one forward - could bring significant value on their own. 

Joel Edmundson is a blueliner who could take up a spot on the third pairing

One more experienced, physical presence would be outstanding for the Maple Leafs, and luckily for them, Joel Edmundson would be more than affordable to bring in given his manageable cap hit. Toronto doesn’t have a ton of assets to put forth in a trade, but to acquire a defenseman like Edmundson would be huge for this hockey team, given their current issues on the blue line.

Edmundson isn’t a top name, nor would he be a miracle worker, but he will disrupt plays, and that’s something Toronto needs more of at the moment. His on-ice presence has also helped the Washington Capitals attain a 91.2 save percentage when he’s out there at 5-on-5, plus a solid 90.9 at even strength. 

No, trading for Edmundson wouldn’t be an exciting move by any means, but he’s an affordable asset that Toronto would have little trouble landing.