Toronto Maple Leafs trading deadline predictions for tomorrow
The Toronto Maple Leafs are about to make deals – we guess.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are 9-0-1 in their last ten games and are number one in the NHL with points total, and under the microscope behind the Hurricanes and Avalanche in points percentage.
The NHL trade deadline is tomorrow, and as potential Stanley Cup favorites, the Leafs are definitely looking to improve their team.
They really don’t need anything, but some upgrades to each position would be a nice luxury, depending on the ceiling space. The Leafs’ current cap space is under $ 500,000, but at the moment they have both Riley Nash and Freddie Andersen on the LTIR, meaning they could potentially add equal players to their combined salaries ( pro-rated of course) if neither of them play again this season. .
Toronto Maple Leafs Trading Deadline Forecasts
The NHL salary cap has too many rules and variables, so I’m not even going to pretend to understand it. I just know that with a 3rd team, and building up space throughout the season, it was at least technically possible to fit into Taylor Hall, the most expensive potential addition (in terms of cap -hit).
The Leafs have other options, however.
Jack Campbell stole the trick and no one needs a $ 5 million save. Andersen’s salary was paid mostly as a signing bonus, so he’s probably pretty easy to move around. It’s just common sense that he’s going away.
Alex Kerfoot was passed by Pierre Engvall recently, and there’s no need to pay anyone on the fourth line $ 3.5million, so expect him to move too.
It would free up a ton of space.
Now in the NHL only elite players really matter. Considering the acquisition cost and the implications of the salary cap, it makes sense to put your money in elite players and make it cheap for everyone. The differences between non-stars are marginal at best.
With that in mind, the Islanders (Palmieri, Zacjac) and Lightning (Savard) are doing some ridiculously silly and expensive trades this week. The Leafs should be a lot smarter.
They should send a first-round pick, a third-round pick and hope Rodion Amirov at the Sabers for Taylor Hall (while moving Kerfoot and Andersen in separate deals).
Then they are expected to move their 2022 pick and Nick Abruzzese to the Ducks for Josh Manson.
Manson would be an expensive upgrade, but he’s much better than Bogosian, makes the team harder to face and is an elite defensive player. Hall makes the Leafs an all-star team.