The Toronto Maple Leafs have been trade partners with the Los Angeles Kings quite a few times in the past, and chatter hints that it could happen again ahead of the April 12 deadline.
While some pundits believe Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas could go after veteran goalie Jonathan Quick, Elliotte Friedman wonders in his latest 31 Thoughts column on Sportsnet if the move will indeed take place. Here is how he puts it:
“Toronto’s ready to strike. Wayne Simmonds ’s return forced some roster machinations, but GM Kyle Dubas’s waiver activity is also about creating cap room. He knows how much he needs, and he’s making sure he’s got it. There were some Jonathan Quick rumours over the weekend. I don’t see it, even though I concede some circumstantial evidence: Quick’s fiery, competitive nature is the temperament Toronto likes; he’s tight with Jack Campbell ; and the Leafs and Kings do deals together. However, he’s battled injuries, and, does it really make sense to put that 35-year-old body through a quarantine, then ramp him up in three weeks for critical games? Not to me, it doesn’t.
I do think Toronto’s checked around on goalies (Arizona makes sense), but, again, you have to know you can make a sensible trade, and that you’re getting a better option than what you have and a consistently healthier one. That’s not a long list.”
There has been recent talks that the Leafs could trust Campbell with the number one spot and even move Frederik Andersen. However, it sounds risky to go after Quick as a backup option, especially with the long quarantine to undergo before getting some action.
Not sure what to make of this one.