Bold trade scenario emerges out of Toronto!

Bold trade scenario emerges out of Toronto!

That’s quite the monster trade deadline plan for the Maple Leafs.



The trade deadline is just two weeks away and fans are wondering what Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brad Treliving has in store. There needs to be a solution to avoid another second-round collapse this postseason, and while the plans of acquiring some immediate help on the back end, though Treliving is reportedly not willing to part with the Leafs’ first round pick in the upcoming draft, especially since they don’t own a second-round pick in any of the next three drafts. It’s also been said that the general manager does not want to part with prospects like Easton Cowan or Fraser Minten for a rental player.

However, TSN’s Craig Button suggests quite the bold trade scenario to Treliving if the Maple Leafs want a long playoff run. He believes Toronto and Treliving need to do whatever they can to improve the team. This is what he said on TSN’s “First Up” in Toronto on Thursday:

“Be ready to act on any option that makes your team better. You have this really good group of what I call five players and now your team is functioning and you know where you’re at, you know where your weaknesses are or where you need to be stronger. Are you going to keep nibbling or nipping at the edges or are you going to go after it?

“I’ve heard again and again and again about the Toronto Maple Leafs’ belief in their core, and they should have belief in their core. Well now, go and help the core. You’re not going to win unless you get deeper, unless you become a deeper team. I’m talking about specifically on the blue line, there is just no way.

“To me, that’s what I mean about being bold and if you’re not going to be bold, you’re throwing it up to a hope and a prayer. Hope and prayer is not a plan for me.”

A lot of fans in Toronto will agree with Button that the Maple Leafs deal their first round pick and other assets and go broke to get the best help out there for their blue line, however, the fact remains that Toronto needs a long-term solution to its defense corps.

And there is also the issue in Toronto remains the tight salary cap space, with just over $1.3 million in long-term injury exception at the moment.

It’s been said that Treliving could make more significant moves in the summer, and even stand pat prior to the March 8 trade deadline…

Let’s see if instead Treliving listens to Button and goes all out this deadline.

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