Kyle Dubas has been a very busy man.
When the Leafs traded Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari from the St. Louis Blues, everyone thought it would be the Leafs’ big hit at the trade deadline, but they kept coming.
First, it was about acquiring Jake McCabe and Sam Lafferty from the Chicago Blackhawks. Then they added a first-round pick and Erik Gustafsson from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Rasmus Sandin. Then they traded Pierre Engvall to the New York Islanders. And then to wrap up a busy few days, they brought a former fifth overall pick in Luke Schenn back into the fold.
And yet they may not be done. As the trade deadline nears tomorrow, Tyler Yaremchuk and Frank Seravalli answered a few questions from viewers about the next 24 hours or so, with one asking Frank if the Toronto Maple Leafs are done making deals .
Frank Seravalli: I’m not sure, and I would say I think if you look at the balance of this team right now, they’re a bit heavy on the defense side. Nine authentic NHL defensemen is a blocker, and yes, the old adage that « you can never have too many defensemen for a Stanley Cup run », but the problem is when you have three guys who are legitimately good and shouldn’t be out of the lineup sitting like healthy scratches when they could be playing on another team in a playoff pursuit, that doesn’t necessarily make everyone happy, in especially the few guys you traded for.
So I wouldn’t be surprised to see with some cap space they have left, and given the fact that they have to sign Matt Knies from the University of Minnesota, that they trade a defenseman for some add another front body in addition to Knies, but we’ll see.
You can watch the full episode here…