Toronto Maple Leafs 2024 Defensemen Trade Deadline Targets

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Matt Roy (Most Desirable)

It feels like Matt Roy has been in rumors and speculation since before he signed his current three-year deal with a $3.15 million AAV.

He is now on the last season of that deal and seems to be in rumors still and for good reason. Roy possesses many great qualities, he is a mobile right-handed two-way defenceman who has decent size that he uses at 6-1 205lbs.

He has been stuck behind Drew Doughty with the Los Angeles Kings his whole career.

Despite this, he is the team's top defender on the penalty kill and sits second in overall ice-time over the past three seasons.

However, his competition is usually comprised of the opposition's secondary units. This is not an indictment but it should be noted that although he has great results, he's not playing against other team's elite.

In his role, he currently sits 22nd in xGA/60 and 49th in GA/60 among blueliners who have logged over 500 minutes this season. He also checks the boxes for everyone's uncle with over 100 blocks and hits each of the last three seasons.

The price for Roy, like most on this list, will likely be high and with the Tanev and Zadorov deals already finished, I would not be shocked to see a potential trade for him fall somewhere around Dallas' package for Tanev.

Meaning, a high pick and a prospect, thankfully the Leafs still have their first to use this year.