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Maple Leafs Search Ongoing, Pushback on Blue Line Trade Target

The Toronto Maple Leafs discover themselves facing a protective crisis. A series of injuries have actually afflicted their blue line and finding replacements has actually ended up being rather difficult. Conor Timmins, Timothy Liljegren, and Mark Giordano have actually all been sidelined, triggering the Leafs to generate Ilya Lyubushkin. Unfortunately, even Lyubushkin didn’t leave the injury bug, getting harmed in his launching video game. Now, the NHL trade due date is days away. For Toronto, it’s everything about discovering depth in the hopes they can hold up against any extra obstacles.

According to Elliotte Friedman, the Maple Leafs have actually searched the league for protective supports, thinking about a long list of prospective prospects. Matt Dumba, Joel Edmundson, Mario Ferraro, Noah Hanifin, Nick Jensen, David Savard, Nick Seeler, Chris Tanev, Sean Walker, and Nikita Zadorov were amongst the targets. Hanifin appears predestined for Tampa Bay. Tanev went to the Dallas Stars and Zadorov to the Vancouver Canucks. Seeler and Walker aren’t most likely to leave Philly without a first-round choice returning. The Canadiens remain in no rush to trade Savard.

Now, even Matt Dumba may be out of the mix. Friedman states there has actually been pushback on that concept from numerous sources. Luke Fox reported that Dumba validated the Maple Leafs was among a number of groups that revealed interest in him throughout totally free company. “That he already owned an investment home in Arizona played into his decision to sign with the Coyotes.”

Is Their Blue Line Help Out There for the Maple Leafs?

Searching for a more long-term service, the Maple Leafs deal with the difficulty of high asking costs on possible trade fits. The protective issues have actually required the group to check out numerous choices in their mission for stability. The issue is, that time is going out and the choices are decreasing.

Brad Treliving, GM of the Maple Leafs is lacking time to make blue line trades

To make matters more fascinating, the Maple Leafs have actually likewise taken a look at the possibility of including depth in the kind of a forward/center. The group acknowledges the spaces in their lineup, however there’s just a lot they can do.

Recently, the group benched Nick Robertson. But, his momentary demotion to the AHL was discussed as a lineup maneuver, with guarantees that he would return quickly.

The Maple Leafs have actually handled to keep a strong win/loss record this season, however nobody appears too comfy that this group is a final product. It stays to be seen if Treliving can do anything about that provided how connected his hands are. They continue their look for blue-line assistance. They aren’t the only ones, making things a lot more tough.

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