Well, this mini-series changed dramatically yesterday afternoon. Of course, Kyle Dubas couldn’t wait until after my Central Division targets article went up to pull the trigger on Jake McCabe + Sam Lafferty.
Three cheers for bias. Let’s be completely honest, a Leafs site rating a Leafs trade, when we’ve spent years hungry for a moment when the Leafs were committed to going big, we are destined to love this trade.
Kyle Dubas has been putting in his work to earn that contract extension. I’m not really sure how anyone can deny the effort he’s put into upgrading a team that closed out last night already sitting fourth in the league.
SEATTLE — Kyle Dubas doesn’t like the term ‘playoff goals’ but having watched his team sputter in the opening round of the playoffs for the past four seasons as the Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager, he knew he had to change the dynamic.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are really going all in, aren’t they? GM Kyle Dubas made a big splash on Monday, acquiring defenseman Jake McCabe, forward Sam Lafferty and a pair of draft picks from Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a conditional 2025 first-round pick, 2026 second-round pick and forwards Joey Anderson and Pavel Gogolev.
SEATTLE — The Toronto Maple Leafs had added to their depth and their short-term future in yet another trade. This time, The Maple Leafs swung a deal to land defenseman Jake McCabe and Sam Lafferty from the Chicago Blackhawks, the team announced on Monday.
The Leafs pulled off another significant move today by bringing in two players with term from the Chicago Blackhawks: The deal sees the Leafs dealing well into the future with a conditional 2025 1st round pick and a 2026 2nd round pick along with Joey Anderson and Pavel Gogolev who make the contract counts work.
It was said almost immediately after the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari from the St. Louis Blues that Kyle Dubas wasn’t done as it pertained to bettering his roster in the hopes of a playoff run.
and The Old Prof Last week, we wrote an article where we looked at when NHL players reached their peaks. We then looked specifically at Auston Matthews to wonder why his scoring has been down this season compared to last.
SEATTLE — Auston Matthews has 26 goals and 31 assists in 52 games this season, but it's fair to say his 1.09 points per game is at a pace that is less than expected from a player who became the first player in 10 seasons to score 60 goals in a season while winning league MVP honors in 2021-22.
After picking up a couple of centers, the Toronto Maple Leafs are now looking at some possible help on the back end. On the latest edition of the 32 Thoughts segment during Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman said the Maple Leafs are looking for some defensive help.
Benn has played in 12 games for Toronto this season, picking up a goal and an assist in less than 16 minutes per night while chipping in with 29 blocked shots and 32 hits. As for Lettieri, he was recalled by the Bruins at the end of January but landed on injured reserve one day later without suiting up.