In the "blockbuster trade" of Los Angeles Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs finally bought their defenseman. Jake Muzzin. Muzzin was not cheap, cost Sean Durzi, Carl Grundstrum, and to select the first draft of 2019. All things considered, it was a fair trade on both sides. Some have gone away to call this trade "home run" to call Toronto. It might be right. There are pundits that call that Toronto tradition that win the cup. We will slow down.
Yes, in the end, Leafs played two defenseless defenses. Muzzin brings Stanley Cup experience, a powerful game for everyone and a good attitude for more locker rooms. He is not afraid and he can play on the right side, considering Toronto's weakness. No, it does not shoot right. No, it may not be two real "defenders", but for the price, Leafs can not go wrong.
Now, for all purposes, it has a defensive body that identifies something similar:
Morgan Rielly – Jake Muzzin
Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott – Ron Hainsey
Leafs is one of the best backends in years, maybe even decades. That said, this does not mean winning the Cup.
Toronto still needs some parts of the puzzle
Actually, on paper, this Leafs list was the best one for a while. Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Mitch Marner, Morgan Rielly, Frederik Andersen and Jake Muzzin has added the team quite solidly, definitely a "contender". That's not called a name Kasperi Kapanen, Zach Hyman, and Nazem Kadri.
The only thing missing is Toronto and maybe it's playoff time grittiness. That's why I mean that a player, such as Nazem Kadri, is entering the skin of another team and protecting Leafs star players.
If teams like Washington and Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup last season, they had these players. Be the captain Tom Wilsonmaybe a little bit of a bit, but he did it anyway. Nick Bonino Penguins could really have done well. They can not win the Cup to their teams, but they will definitely make it easier for them to win.
Who needs Toronto Target?
Of course, within a maximum period of one month, the CEO of Leafs Kyle Dubas some tires are still beaten. Maybe he'll take a shot at the top six defenseman or another type of Zach Hyman. Someone should take a look at Philidelphia Flyers Radko Gudas.
The fight is having a good season and Toronto would be nice. According to Cap Friendly, the champion for the next two seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20) was $ 3,350 million (USD). Perhaps, if Toronto had convinced Philly or another group to have contracted Zaitsev's contract, Maple Leafs might create an agreement. Such moves would make Leafs a bit harder for the teams to obtain and with the help of a team like Boston Bruins or Tampa Bay Lighting.
Toronto stand as now
Toronto, as it is now, can be a perfect team to pass the Bruins and / or Lighting that may be a good playoff race. Who knows, maybe even if Montreal is still playing, maybe Maple Leafs might be in the first round. This is something that keeps the back of the mind.
Frederick Andersen rests and, fortunately, this year he is not too used. That said, the goalkeeper's backup Garret Sparks Seasonally annoyed and some fans made little nerves. Keeping in the future Curtis McElhinney Although he could scare his yesterday door, Sparks felt his chance and now he has succeeded. Also, the playoffs, everyone knows that Andersen nods. If Sparks can win 70-75 percent of the games, everything will be fine.
Toronto has the number of Boston
If you look at papers and depth lists, this is not a question. Toronto, by the way, will be able to win a group like BOSTON, but Ohio State's Michigan number football college, Boston has a Toronto hockey number. Fortunately, with Maple Leafs, this is the year they should be in Boston. Really out Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak Line, Boston is really a poor Toronto version. When the kick-off takes place, it will be played in Boston, and like a fight, anyone will win.
Eastern Conference: Tampa Likely Top
Called "Doubting Thomas," but I still think that a group like Tampa Bay has Toronto border. They have experience, they have a depth and have a better goalkeeper. Andrei Vasilevskiy, In some cases, it can be the best NHL netminder. Yes, he has done the playoffs, but if Tampa gets three or more goals, he will close the door. That's not an answer to Andersen, who Leafs had the best goalkeeper. The Andersen team has been MVP during the last few seasons and the Leafs 2017-18 does not play. This is not because these teams do not match well for the purpose of the classification. That is not to say that Tampa flat destroys Toronto. True, the series should be closed.
The question is, what is the best of Toronto to overcome the league? I do not sell yet. Leafs Nation has had a great sacrifice after the devil, and the old phrase "history is not repeated". Why is it different this year? Leafs is time to prove badly.
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