3 reasons the Maple Leafs should pull off a blockbuster for Colton Parayko

Despite finding themselves in playoff contention, the Blues may still find a trading partner for Colton Parayko, and the Maple Leafs need to pick up the phone.

Feb 19, 2024; St. Louis, Missouri, USA;  St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko (55) controls the
Feb 19, 2024; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko (55) controls the / Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
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Colton Parayko’s presence would parlay an already hot Maple Leafs team

When you’re a team that has won just one playoff series in the past 20 seasons, and you’re currently one of the hottest teams in hockey, it’s time to do all you can to go all-in. Fans in Toronto have waited long enough to see their team hoist the Stanley Cup, and as arguably the NHL’s most dominant team over the past two weeks, the time is right to bring in a player who would upgrade a team peaking just when the playoff race is really starting to heat up. 

As for Parayko, he once again finds himself on an unspectacular St. Louis Blues team where he has 21 points in 57 contests. His nine goals are approaching a career-high, and he’s also been stealing pucks and blocking would-be shots on goal left and right. 

There’s no question that Parayko is having one of the best seasons of his professional career, and an organization with a starved fan base in Toronto must take advantage to bring in the blueliner and let him fill one of the missing pieces to a Maple Leafs team that right now looks like it can make a deep playoff run. 

No, he won’t come cheap, but given Toronto’s current situation, finding a way to bring in Parayko will be well worth it.