At the time of posting this we are 33 hours away from the trade deadline, and as fun as the Riley Nash trade was, it would certainly be nice to see the Leafs make another move. That’s the low bar of what I want out of the trade deadline, but I put the question out to the TLN crew, “what do you want out of the trade deadline for the Leafs?”
This season represents the Leafs’ best shot at making a deep playoff run for the first time in nearly two decades. So they should be looking at any possible method to improve the team because despite their solid record to this point, they could surely be even better That’s what their focus should be at the deadline, add another piece to make the existing team even better.
I don’t think the Leafs need to do anything with their defence, but adding a gamebreaking top-6 forward at a discount into the mix to compliment Matthews-Marner or Tavares-Nylander is the stuff dreams are made of. Acquiring Hall has a dual purpose: acquiring him for our own needs AND keeping him from going to a competitor. Let’s get the big fish.
I could also go for a better third-string goaltender than Hutchinson. Jack and Freddy’s persistent injury issues cause me concern.
I’ll also say Taylor Hall. That’d be really fun. If we can’t have him, then I’d like a sneaky good player that would come fairly cheap, like Scott Laughton.
I don’t know if they can do it, but Taylor Hall. If the Leafs have a top-six with him in it, they’re such a stronger team. He really completes them. Hall already has a house in Toronto so it would be much easier on him too. So, Kyle, if you’re reading this, it’s still not too late to trade for Hall.
Cap shenanigans. I want double retentions on league minimum contracts, LTIR, everything. Deferred compensation to sign Gusev. “If you ain’t cheatin you ain’t tryin,”