Leafs recruited a secret weapon for Game 7 against Bruins.

Leafs recruited a secret weapon for Game 7 against Bruins.

The Maple Leafs may have an ace up their sleeve, and it may be one you would not have expected.

Jonathan Larivee

Last Saturday, after the Toronto Maple Leafs coughed up a 3-1 series lead to the Boston Bruins, there probably weren't many people thinking about the possibility of a Game 7 scenario one week later. While not many were likely thinking about it, one man who very well may have had it in the back of his mind was Maple Leafs general manager Brad Treliving.

Prior to the National Hockey League's trade deadline, Treliving went out and acquired an interesting piece of his puzzle when he traded a pair of draft picks to the Washington Capitals for the services of veteran defenseman Joel Edmundson. A player I believe he acquired for exactly the type of moment that Edmundson and the Maple Leafs will face on Saturday night.

Edmundson, a Stanley Cup champion, has had plenty of experience playing in Game 7 scenarios throughout his NHL career having experienced 5 such scenarios in the past. Edmundson has also never lost in a Game 7 scenario, with a perfect record of 5-0, one of which will be extremely familiar to the Boston Bruins.

In 2019 Edmundson and the St. Louis Blues would defeat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, snatching the championship from the hands of the Bruins in the process. It is a moment that Edmundson likely has not forgotten, and one that the likes of Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, both of whom were with the Bruins at the time, have certainly never forgotten.

Treliving was no doubt hoping that Edmundson's Game 7 mojo could help his team come the Stanley Cup playoffs when he acquired him ahead of the trade deadline, and now he will get to put his secret weapon to the test.