Could Matt Hunwick Be A Last Minute Fallback For A Contender?

As of last night it seemed like defenseman are going to be a major focus as we approach today’s 3pm Trade Deadline. The two bigger names that seem sure to be moved are Kris Russell and Dan Hamhuis. Both have expiring contracts and both are playing on teams that are looking to sell off as many assets as possible. With playoff teams like Tampa Bay, Dallas, Florida and Boston all said to be interested in strengthening their back-end, there will be teams that may be pursuing one or both of Hamhuis and Russell that will be left out when the trades go down. That brings up the idea of Matt Hunwick being a very interesting.

In the past 12 hours, Darren Dreger has mentioned both Dallas and Boston as teams that are focusing their efforts on acquiring one of the two defencemen. Dallas has been said to be hestant of the price for Hamhuis and moved on to Russell who may be cheaper. Could they give Lou a call to fill out the back end of their defence with an even cheaper option? Matt Hunwick has been playing well above his head with the Leafs and should be nowhere near a team’s top-4 but as a bottom pair depth defender, he could bring insurance to the lineup that maybe contenders look for on deadline day.

With the clock winding down, we often see general managers panic and pay a price they wouldn’t want to in order to fill the holes. If the two bigger names are off the board and a team is desperate for blueline help, there are worse options than Matt Hunwick. He’d only cost about $350k against the cap for the remainder of the season and would fit in nicely as a bottom-pair guy on a good contract next year. 

As we saw with the Winnik trade last night, the Leafs aren’t only looking ot move their pending-UFAs. A veteran with term may look more enticing to a team than someone they will lose in the offseason. Names like John-Michael Liles have been thrown out this morning as potential targets for general mangers looking to buy defenders. If that’s the case, Hunwick is almost certainly of interest to at least a few teams

Draft picks will be flying around today like champagne corks at Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar celebration party. If someone called Lou and offered a 2016 third round pick for Hunwick the Leafs would be likely to take it. A Hunwick move would be yet another example of the Leafs front office making schrewed offseason signings in order to maximize future assets. 

Maybe Babcock talks Lou into holding on to him so the coaches aren’t saddled with a blueline of kids, but it shouldn’t be at all surprising if we see Hunwick as one of the final pieces of the mass sell-off.  

  • TGT23

    Nowhere else to post this ATM:

    Rumor has it Ottawa wants to trade Patrick Wiercioch and Shane Prince (25 and 23 respectively) and all they want is a 3rd and a 2nd for them (again, respectively).

    Am I crazy for wanting Toronto to jump on that? Two still young, good possession players… for a 3rd and a 2nd? Not going to break the bank, they don’t have outrageous contracts, and Prince still has room to develop…

    Why not?

    Fleece the Sens, added bonus.

  • SEER

    To be honest.., I think that Babs may want to keep Hunwick around, as one of the mentoring Vets, since he also hand-picked him, himself..

    Maybe he will go, if the pot is over-flowing with comeback for us.., but something tells me, he sticks around.. Still lots of others that could be traded before him.., imo..

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  • SEER

    The worst thing about the Leafs, is the journalist wannabees who write mental sickness articles in the blogasphere.
    Just about every one of them are Tony Ghallager (formerly of the Vancouver Province) wannabees: nattering nabobs of negativity, losers who take delite in insulting the 1-in-a-1000,000 who make the NHL.trolls masquerading as fans.
    They also love the opinion-page tactic of creating controvery. One idiot this week headlined ‘Leafs should not take Matthews’ (didn’t read it). Then there’s this article. There is a rationale to every trade or potential trade. This writer even concedes that his rationale is induced by nitrogen oxide while diving at 80 meters.
    Please, trade every writer on Leaf’ fan-sites.

  • SEER

    The worst thing about the Leafs, is the journalist wannabees who write mental sickness articles in the blogasphere.
    Just about every one of them are Tony Ghallager (formerly of the Vancouver Province) wannabees: nattering nabobs of negativity, losers who take delite in insulting the 1-in-a-1000,000 who make the NHL.trolls masquerading as fans.
    They also love the opinion-page tactic of creating controvery. One idiot this week headlined ‘Leafs should not take Matthews’ (didn’t read it). Then there’s this article. There is a rationale to every trade or potential trade. This writer even concedes that his rationale is induced by nitrogen oxide while diving at 80 meters.
    Please, trade every writer on Leaf’ fan-sites.