Pundits and fans don’t seem to fully confident that the Toronto Maple Leafs will be buyers at the deadline, therefore many rumours have emerged in the past week on where GM Kyly Dubas will stand on Feb. 24.
The Leafs are currently out of the playoff picture and could become sellers at the deadline, however, Rory Boylen of Sportsnet wonder if Toronto would look at the possibility of landing a first-round pick in a huge trade to better position itself at the upcoming draft.
“But say Toronto gets to Feb. 24 and are four or more points out of the race — do they sell Tyson Barrie to the highest bidder? Cody Ceci would move, if possible. And though Jake Muzzin said last week he’d like to stay in his hometown , if an extension isn’t signed by that time/and/Toronto is chasing? GM Kyle Dubas may have to explore trade options.
That would be worst-case scenario, but would also open a little salary cap space to tweak next year’s roster with. And if any trade could bring the Leafs back a first-round pick, that could at least be dangled in an off-season trade.”
Of course, we are not suggesting the Leafs would be ready for a rebuild, but could Dubas be tempted to get a first round pick back for the summer?
Not sure this is the way to go… There is still plenty of time for Dubas to make up his mind. Let’s see where his focus lands…