With the upcoming close of trading for the NHL 2020, Sportsnet collapses, with which every Canadian club has to work on the way to February 24th. We have sorted each list by trade level to find out who is safe and who is available. and who is probably on the move.
Only 10 days separate where we are now, and the deadline marks the last chance for GMs in the NHL to strengthen their clubs for the home stretch of the season and beyond.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have already triggered an important trade and received an urgently needed boost for their goalkeeper tandem and some sandpaper for the Forward Corps. But since the club is still in a somewhat precarious position when it comes to securing its place after the season, what other changes could come?
Major injuries in the front and on the blue line complicate the situation for Kyle Dubas and Co. by giving the team extra space to work but changing the value of the chips they have.
Let's take a look at how the list seems to shift as the deadline approaches.
Don't go anywhere
He is the team's top scorer, he has the best season of his career and is tied to the league's top scorers list. Like the rest of the core, it is an important part of the Toronto solution.
He has the second highest points of all hands and plays the most minutes of all strikers on the team because he is used by his special teams. This latter aspect in particular makes him an important part of the team's long-term core.
An easy year for the captain still has him at a pace of almost one point per game. He's got a rift since turning the calendar over to February, and a sustained strong game on the track will be vital to Toronto's playoff hopes.
William Nylander in Corsi For percentage. It is difficult to say that they are a better team if they are removed from the equation to strengthen other aspects of the squad.
He was certain that given what he brought with him from the blue line and its general importance to the organization, he would remain safe, but an injury that has been with him since Keeping him away at the beginning of January cemented him as a skeptic.
In all previous editions of Toronto with their No. 2 there was no question who is No. 1 in the Leafs network. His numbers have left a lot to be desired lately, but he still has plenty of time to find his elite form before the postseason arrives.
He has made himself almost as indispensable to Toronto's forward corps as the names above him on this list and offers a completely different and much needed element for the top six.
Eighteen games in the major leagues have already proven to be an important building block for the future of the Leafs. This is too valuable to separate for an instant solution.
Just acquired, he fits a long-term need in the cage and should also be in the picture this season.
See above. Clifford has just arrived and will be in the mix to improve the overall grain level of the team on the course.
The fit has worked well since Sheldon Keefe came on board. He brings a lot of skill and veteran know-how for his very affordable price ($ 700,000) and seems to be staying in Toronto.
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(probably) is not going anywhere
He is an equally important part of the future of Toronto's blue line and will most likely stay there. But is it really untouchable? If for some reason the Leafs decide to move more to a blockbuster deal, it is at least conceivable that Dermott could be involved.
He is an urgently needed presence in the Leafs backend, especially at the moment due to their injury situation. But he's also a pending UFA, which makes things a bit complicated. The team will certainly not get any better if Muzzin is moved, and there is still a chance that he will be a long-term option for the Leafs.
He was in the middle of a great rookie campaign (23 points in 39 games) before an injury pushed him out of the lineup. Between what he showed for the Leafs and the fact that he hasn't played since late December, it's hard to see he's making a deal, but it's also difficult to say that he's really untouchable.
The same applies to Pierre Engvall. A strong performance has earned him a $ 2.5 million two-year extension. The association has no reason to separate from it. Given Toronto's absurd forward depth, however, it's not inconceivable that he'll get involved when a bigger deal is on the table.
He is affordable, long-term committed and one of the few right-wing defenders of the club at the back end. You'll benefit more from keeping him in the fold, but if a deal is made to get a bigger name with the blue line, it's a potential piece to go the other way.
The veteran will not move the needle for most teams and is currently a fairly solid option for the Leafs when solving their injury problems.
Until Thursday, Johnsson was perhaps Duba's best trading chip, or at least one of them. A knee injury to Dallas messes things up a lot and, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, he has to take at least eight weeks off.
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Probably safe, but it is possible
Despite his turbulent campaign, the Leafs need him given their previously mentioned injury problems. The fact that it doesn't cost much against the upper limit and at least has the potential for top skills is a plus. But like Muzzin, he's a pending UFA, which means he's part of the potential conversation.
He is a promising talent in the backend and has not yet established himself as quickly as the current Big League partner Sandin. He'll likely remain part of the solution, but if a bigger blockbuster is on the table, he's a piece that other teams would want.
A solid, deep swivel with a large body that fulfills his role in Toronto well and will probably continue to do so. But if teams want size and feel that Gauthier has more to give in a slightly larger role, the goat could possibly end up as part of a larger package.
Could be on the move
Dubas & # 39; strength position is clearly his forward corps, with the depth of the blue line still being a key need in the home stretch. With Johnsson's injury apparently taking him off the table, Timashov could come into play as an alternative option if the teams feel he could do well elsewhere in a larger role.
The fit was surely sometimes questionable, and he is a pending UFA after this season, like Muzzin and Barrie. His cap hit could be better used elsewhere. However, an injury and a trip to the LTIR make any possible movement of the blue liner difficult.
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More likely to move
Johnsson's injury seems to cause things to falter, as it not only takes him out of the mix as a trading chip, but also increases the team's dependence on Kapanen. That said, if Dubas and Co. feel that they need to bring something valuable for the stretch run, Kapanen remains their most valuable piece to possibly move without significantly interfering with what they are currently doing.
Kerfoot is in the same boat as Kapanen in terms of its value as a trading option, but also as a replacement for the injured Johnsson. However, if the team decides to stick to Kapanen as their primary secondary scorer, Kerfoot seems to be the next option to possibly move.