Top 3 teams who should call the Maple Leafs for Nick Robertson

While the Maple Leafs will buy at the trade deadline, there is one player in their organization they may look to sell.

Dec 19, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Nicholas Robertson (89) skates
Dec 19, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Nicholas Robertson (89) skates / Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
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The Arizona Coyotes still need more young talent after showing flashes

The Arizona Coyotes had just about the entire NHL universe going through the first half of the season. Arizona played so well, they found themselves in legitimate wild card contention, but their 11-game losing streak proved they are still at least another young asset or two away from serious contention. 

This will prompt the Coyotes to bring in a high-potential piece like Robertson who may help a young team like Arizona break through to the next level. As for Toronto, there are players Arizona could end up shopping who can, in turn, help the Maple Leafs, mainly Mathew Dumba. 

It would take some serious effort to bring a player like Dumba to town in exchange for Robertson and other assets, given overall cap space limitations. But thanks to Toronto’s so-so results defensively and on the penalty kill, they would more than thrive with a player of Dumba’s caliber for at least the remainder of the season. 

Overall, such a move would be a massive boost for the Maple Leafs while Roberson could start over in Phoenix. At least in foresight, it would be a win-win trade between Toronto and Arizona. In the long term, both teams could more than benefit from a trade package involving the two players.