Brad Treliving still has plenty of work ahead of him in Toronto
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Trade talks may be intensifying between the Leafs and two Western teams

Published January 7, 2024 at 7:49 PM
BY CODY CRAIG

It's no secret that the Maple Leafs and GM Brad Treliving are in search of a defenseman, an upgrade in their bottom six and, more recently, rumours have suggested that they could even look at another possible goaltender with NHL experience.

Brad Treliving's interest in a defenseman has been well documented, but when he had reportedly started his recent search for a goalie in the Eastern Conference, offering 6th round picks to multiple teams for a suitable candidate for the temporary hole behind their current starter Martin Jones, it had caught some by surprise.

With an unproven rookie goaltender Dennis Hildeby, who is still acclimating himself to pro North American hockey, it made sense for the Leafs to want to secure an experienced veteran backup. Whether that is still the case or not remains to be seen. However, we do know for sure that the Leafs are ramping up their efforts to complete a trade.

On Sunday, the Leafs were fixated on the Western Conference. It was reported that, on Sunday afternoon, the Leafs had scouts in attendance at the Flames vs. Blackhawks matchup in Chicago.



The Leafs could have been looking at any number of pieces on either team, as both the Flames and Hawks are likely to be sellers at the deadline, though Chris Tanev has been priority number one for Treliving since his name hit the trading block.
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Trade talks may be intensifying between the Leafs and two Western teams

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Yes, we have lost enough points!24320.1 %
No, Dennis Hildeby is NHL ready.16413.6 %
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