The NHL Trade Deadline is less than a month away and with the mandatory quarantine for people heading to Canada, the time to make a trade is now for the North division teams. That includes the Toronto Maple Leafs, who’s GM Kyle Dubas met with the media on Tuesday afternoon to discuss some possible plans.
The Leafs are sitting atop the North division four points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers. After starting the season as one of the hottest teams in the league, the Leafs have dropped 5 out of their last 6. Is it time to panic for Toronto? No, not yet but it is clear they still need to add another piece or two for them to be considered a legit Stanley Cup contender. Good news for the Leafs fans is that GM Kyle Dubas seems to know thats what needs to happen and he is willing to do just that.
In his media session Dubas said “Yes.” when asked if he would be willing to give up a top prospect in a trade. He would go onto say that Rasmus Sandin is probably the only player that is basically untouchable. But, the Leafs still have some high quality prospects that could help land them a big name. But who could that be?
Filip Forsberg is the answer to that question. Nashville will be sellers as the deadline approaches and the Maple Leafs could be a perfect trade partner. Filip Forsberg would make Toronto an absolute juggernaut adding him into an already stacked lineup. Auston Matthews has already been a goal scoring machine this year and adding Forsberg would only add to the offensive firepower that the Leafs already have.
While it may take a top prospect, a current roster player, and probably a few draft picks Forsberg would be a great fit for the Maple Leafs. Now, I’m not just throwing crap at the wall hoping it sticks either by writing about this, that’s not what I do. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun wrote about the Leafs and Forsberg on the Insider Trading article. Yes, he mentions a few players the Leafs could be interested in but where there’s smoke there is fire and I can almost guarantee Dubas is working the phones like crazy trying to do what he can to bring in someone to get the Leafs over the hump.
Deadline season is fully here and the rumors are going to continue to run wild until April 12th and I am all for it. It may not be as crazy of a deadline as we usually expect due to COVID it should still be very interesting to say the least.