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Insider reveals the latest on the Maple Leafs' plans with the trade deadline looming

Published January 30, 2024 at 10:45

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a bit of an enigma this season, at times seeming like they can't build any momentum and at other times seeming like they can't be beaten. This has led to a number of questions surrounding whether or not they'll be buyers or sellers at the deadline.

During the most recent edition of 32 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman touched on the Leafs' plans and whether or not adding to the current roster is in the cards ahead of the trade deadline. Friedman suggested that from what he has heard, the Leafs are still interested in adding.

"As I always say, I think I've said it 40 times this year, Toronto's looking at every defenseman in the league. That's what I just keep hearing. If there is a defenseman they like, they're going to try to get him."

By the sounds of things, the Leafs are doing their due diligence and calling around vigorously to try to secure an upgrade on the blueline. Who that might be remains up in the air, but obviously, the Leafs remain interested in Chris Tanev, someone who several insiders have said is their primary target from day one.

The Leafs are currently on their bye week, with the NHL's All-Star break also taking place, so this time off should give Leafs GM Brad Treliving a great opportunity to assess his needs and make some additional calls with the trade deadline now just over a month away. In the past, we've seen the Leafs make moves well ahead of the deadline. The questions are, will Treliving do the same, will he wait until closer to the deadline or will he simply stand pat?

January 30   |   545 answers
Insider reveals the latest on the Maple Leafs' plans with the trade deadline looming

How many defensemen will the Leafs bring in before the deadline?

None8215 %
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