NHL Trade Deadline: The rebuilding Maple Leafs have turned some heads in 2016-17 as a plethora of rookies stole the show. Heading into Tuesday’s action, Toronto actually sits just 10 points behind division-leader Montreal and have three games in hand.
With the NHL trade deadline approaching on March 1st, we will be looking at all 30 clubs to examine their potential strategy, whether they’re buyers/sellers, potential trade candidates, or fits to come over in a deal.
This time, we’ll be taking a look at the most discussed NHL team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are surprising many folks as they sit 3rd in the Atlantic Division with a record of 24-17-10 (58 points). They also have three games in hand on the Division-leading Habs.
The Leafs will also find Alexey Marchenko to be a much better fit on the club than Frank Corrado and even though Corrado cleared waivers, he will more than likely be joining a new club by the time March 1st rolls around.
For those unfamiliar with Marchenko, he’s a big-bodied Russian defender that plays a little bit with Nikita Zaitsev on the international stage. He may be nothing more than a bottom-pair defender or depth guy, but it was still a sneaky pickup by the Leafs.
Toronto will ride Shattenkirk’s power-play prowess to the playoffs and set themselves up for a great run next season, and for years to come.