Toronto Maple Leafs Trade for Joel Edmundson + Waive William Lagesson

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Maple Leafs Need a Bigger Upgrade

Most people that support the Toronto Maple Leafs were hoping that Brad Treliving would be able to bring in a legitimate top four defenseman.

Currently, the club has Morgan Rielly, who is better suited as a #2 defenseman as the only NHL caliber top four defender, while Timothy Liljegren continues to tease management with showing that he has the potential but has not been able to solidify himself.

Jake McCabe and Simon Benoit have done an adequate job as a bottom pairing, while Ilya Lyubushkin may be able to give Rielly a partner, however he is more suited for 14-15 minutes night or even better as a 7th defenseman.

If the team is hoping to have any type of success in the playoffs, T.J. Brodie should likely not be in the line-up, yet he is seeing over 20-minutes a night throughout the year and has averaged 22:09 over his last 24 games.

After moving out the picks in the Edmundson and Lyubushkin trades the team is left with just a first and fourth round picks in the upcoming draft, along with a trio of fifths and two sevenths. Things get even more dicey in the 2025 NHL Entry Draft as the team does not have a pick until the fifth round.


The Toronto Maple Leafs play the Bruins tonight.