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20 Jan 2018 03:40:11
To Toronto: Colin Miller, Nic Hague

To Vegas: JVR, Connor Carrick, 2nd round pick

Re-sign Colin Miller after this season and he can play in our top 4.


1.) 20 Jan 2018 13:57:37
I assume that you expect JVR to play out the season for them.

If so, you should make the 2nd rounder, a conditional 1st if he doesn't re-sign.

Of course, it appears they are going to the playoffs, and may want to keep JVR for the season as a rental.

2.) 20 Jan 2018 14:45:53
What's the motivation for Vegas to give up a top 4 right shot defenceman? It can't be for scoring as they are number 4 in the league in goals for with a 30 goal differential which is number 3. Colin Miller has a lot to do with that, so you are asking Vegas to pretty much give us Miller for Carrick. Not going to happen in my opinion.



17 Jan 2018 13:22:41
Just a minor trade-

To Toronto: Nicolas Hague

To Vegas: Andrew Neilson, 2nd round pick

Nicolas Hague was going to be a top 10 pick at the beginning of last season just like Liljegren. Hague is very underrated. In 41 games with the Mississauga Steelheads he has 21 goals and 48 points. He has top 4 potential.


1.) 17 Jan 2018 13:57:59
I would do that trade in a flash. And I still think Neilsen will be good in a year or two.

I would throw in Carrick. Vegas has no RHD depth.

Hague is big, aggressive and fast.

2.) 17 Jan 2018 21:48:43
Hague would look good in a Leafs jersey; all-day! I think leafs would need to add a little more or change it a little?

3.) 18 Jan 2018 10:43:34
If you are going to wear a leaf, you might as well be built like a tree.



06 Jan 2018 21:45:18
This may or may not be true but their were reports of a trade trying to be made between the Canucks and Leafs. It was-

To Leafs: Erik Gudbranson

To Canucks: Andrew Neilson and a 3rd round pick.


1.) 06 Jan 2018 22:58:54
Neilson has far more future value than Erik.

The Canucks can keep him.



05 Jan 2018 19:54:22
I can't be the only one that thinks Gardiner has been an issue on the Leafs blue line. He's sloppy with the pick he's lazy and he makes stupid plays. His contract is up after next year so if like to see him get traded either at the deadline or in the off-season.

To Toronto: Olli Maatta

To Pittsburgh: Jake Gardiner, Levio, 2018 2nd

Olli Maatta could fit into are top 4 nicely he is only 23 and has almost an identical contract to Gardiners but Maatta has 4 more years left after this one. Maatta is a steady 2-way defender that would fit in with the Leafs.


1.) 05 Jan 2018 23:51:29
Like it, minus the pick. Gardiner has the better stats and Lievo is an NHL ready top 9 winger . Should be more then enough incentive.

2.) 06 Jan 2018 00:00:06
I want Gardiner gone more than anyone but I do not like Maata as a fit. I can see Dermott taking that spot internally or trading with a team like Carolina for a good LHD prospect.

3.) 06 Jan 2018 00:17:21
I think we’re giving up to much but I like the idea.

4.) 06 Jan 2018 17:19:00
I’ve been saying we need to move Gardiner for three years, he’s the biggest thing hurting the Leafs D. Almost anyone in the system could come in and be a safer player.

On another note, Connor Timmins for the Avs looks like an absolute gem. Would love to have that guy in the pipeline.

5.) 06 Jan 2018 18:07:40
Why would any other team want him considering his defensive deficiencies?

6.) 06 Jan 2018 23:13:46
Need to trade for a RHD not a LHD. Otherwise Matta would be fine.

Gardiner has offense and that is rare enough in defensemen. If he goes to free agency, he will snag a nice deal and be lost for nothing.

Time for Lou to trade him for futures; or a big, aggressive, stable RHD. Gardiner will be more attractive to other teams with the extra year.

The Leafs have 4 players to trade and get a return for before the deadline. JVR, Bozak, Leo, and Gardiner.

And it's not that these players can't extend for a reasonable price if they wanted to stay. But some will have to go to meet the cap in two years.



02 Jan 2018 05:58:22
If the Leafs want to take a serious run at the cup they will have to make a few moves before the deadline-

To Toronto: Colin Miller

To Vegas: Connor Brown, 2018 2nd

Colin Miller would be a great addition to the Leafs blue line as the current defence core has struggled this year. And as much as I like Connor Brown what good are the Leafs doing to him by playing him on the 4th line every night.

To Toronto: Max Pacioretty

To Montreal: JVR, Calle Rosen, Conditional 2019 2nd round pick (if JVR doesn't re-sign)

Montreal is in the market for a goal scorer and that is exactly what JVR is as well as they want to get rid of Pacioretty and his slump. This would be great for the Leafs because Max Pacioretty is under contract for one more year after this one at 4.5 million a season and would be a good upgrade on the left wing with Bozak and Marner.

Now some roster moves the Leafs will have to make are-

Call up: Kasperi Kapenan,

Send down: Curtis McElhinney, Connor Carrick



Rielly Hainsey


The reason I think the Leafs should send down McElhinny and keep Pickard is because I rather have McElhinney on waivers than Pickard. Pickard had a decent GAA and save percentage last year on the league's worst Colorado Avalanche.
The 4th line is improved with one of the fastest players in the NHL in Kasperi Kapenan.
The 3rd line is improved because no disrespect to JVR but Pacioretty can score from other places other then in front of the net.
Defence is improved because Miller is a solid steady defenceman to play with Gardiner. Zaitsev playing on the 3rd pair will be good for him as his play this season has not been great. Carrick gets sent down so he can actually play hockey and he hasn't looked good at all this year. And I trust Polak and Marincian more than Carrick in pressure situations. Though all 3 of them are inconsistent Polak can step up big in pressure situations which we saw in the playoffs last year. And Marician didn't look bad last year in the playoffs either.

I'm not saying this is go in to happen I'm saying if like to see this happen. But the most realistic thing the Leafs need to do before the playoffs is get a defensive defenceman.


1.) 02 Jan 2018 09:49:46
I agree minus the marincin part. he's is to blame for most goals when he is on the ice. He is out of position far to much for that bad of a skater i'd trade him for a bag of pucks and a powerade.

2.) 02 Jan 2018 12:40:52
U should also look at gardiner as he gives up the puck as much or more than anybody else. Has he hit anybody this year?

3.) 02 Jan 2018 15:27:36
I agree that Gardiner has been brutal this year year and I'd love to see him get traded at the start of next year.

4.) 02 Jan 2018 16:26:30
They are not making a run at the Cup this year.

5.) 03 Jan 2018 03:49:55
Just because you don’t think they are making a run at the cup this year does not mean they shouldn’t be using each year to at least attempt to make the team better for the next. What may seem to be a deadline deal to you this year, might actually be part of a bigger plan for the next year. I think as long as the leafs can start excepting that some players on this team need to be dealt to bring in different blood then it will all workout.

6.) 03 Jan 2018 07:30:44
Pacioretty to leafs makes no sense whatsoever, they would want young players for him plus picks.

7.) 03 Jan 2018 12:43:38
I never said they should stand pat or not seek to improve, but the OP said if they want to make a run at the Cup they need to do X and Y by the deadline this year so I pointed out that they are not making a Cup run, In other words, they do not need to make those moves by the deadline, they can make them later and still improve for next year.

8.) 03 Jan 2018 20:53:43
MLSE will push for a deep playoff run. Home games = $. That’s what counts to any company.

9.) 04 Jan 2018 01:07:25
Scary D, Your right in that business decisions do dominate in sports, although I think corporations of this magnitude plan for the long term and project for having profits over a long period of time. They understand the brand they own, and they also understand what bringing a winner to Toronto would mean for them.

DBF, you have some valid points about the Leafs and their playoff chances, but when that “new” season begins, anything can happen. Many assume that Tampa are the favoured team to win the conference and reach the Finals, but what if they are upset in the first round by a wild card team that has nothing to lose? Meanwhile, say the Leafs win their playoff round? There’s always a possibility.

L4L4L, I’m in agreement with you on Pacioretty. He’s Montreal’s best trade chip should their management team decide to blow up their team and start over. They will be asking for a king’s ransom to have another team pry their captain away.

The Leaf’s management are taking the patient approach and I am glad they are sticking with it. I am sure they are tempted by potential deals that may accelerate their long term plans, but at the same time, they need to stay smart about their long term vision for success.

Marner11, I wouldn’t worry about Pickard as he is waiver exempt from what I read with his new contract. It would make more sense for him to be the starter of the Marlies where he would be playing all the time versus having the backup role with limited playing time. Pickard will have his chance when it’s time. I’m still not sure how Miller significantly improves the Leafs defence. Personally I would rather keep both Brown and the 2nd round pick and take my chances during the playoffs and at the draft. We forget that the Leafs overachieved last season and they are a year ahead of their long term plan.




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18 Jan 2018 12:45:44
I love it. Bring in Colin Miller who will need a new contact after this year. We get rid of Gardiner and we get Hague in our system.




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18 Jan 2018 12:45:44
I love it. Bring in Colin Miller who will need a new contact after this year. We get rid of Gardiner and we get Hague in our system.




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14 Jan 2018 21:57:24
I like Hague and I'd like him to be in the system. So maybe just get Hague and not give up Dermott.




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10 Jan 2018 23:49:31
Interesting trade proposal I haven't thought of. I think Erik Johnson would be great to have. Good trade.




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08 Jan 2018 04:59:11
No Reinhart is a bust though he is still young his future is not that bright and who knows if cliff pu will be good at the next level, he is a good junior player. I rather us have Nylander than Ristolainen.





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