The Toronto Maple Leafs were once again eliminated. Could the New Jersey Devils try to take advantage of a situation where the Leafs are looking to reshuffle the cards after another early exit?
Another year and another disappointing end for the Toronto Maple Leafs. For the sixth straight year, the Leafs were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs. The past five years have seen the Leafs end their season in a do-or-die game. It’s a huge setback for the NHL’s most popular franchise. This could become an opportunity for the New Jersey Devils.
Every year, we talk about how the Devils and Maple Leafs could be good partners in a trade. Honestly, the Devils might have the type of players the Leafs might be looking for. The Leafs will want complementary young players who can fit into an incredible top six. Michael McLeod, Nathan Bastian, Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha could all be players the Leafs are looking for. Then there are those constant rumors from Damon Severson about Toronto’s desire to take him.
It’s not just about trades. Anything can happen in Toronto, and anything is on the table. The Devils should look at this roster and see who might be available. It’s a city of overreaction. The Maple Leafs have been an overreacting franchise, however, that’s not how it has worked in the current era. Kyle Dubas has been extremely patient with a core of greatness. However, he still has two seasons at Auston Matthews before becoming an unrestricted free agent. Mitch Marner and John Tavares only have three seasons left after this one.
It was supposed to be a time when the Leafs won a host of Stanley Cups, but they only have two years left before the likely Hart Trophy winner can go to Arizona or wherever he wants. With that kind of urgency, we could see a major move from Toronto this offseason. The Devils might have some of the right pieces to make it happen.