With Jake Muzzin, who is now in a hurry, the top priority in Toronto's Maple Leafs is something that has been on the list of wishes for chief coach Mike Babcock for some time – hard to thrive.
As the winner of the Stanley Cup in Detroit Red Wings, Babcock knows he's playing big hockey in the playoffs and you do not have to look too far to see the influence he had on Washington Capitals with Tom Wilson, Brett Connolly last spring. Devant Smith-Pelly.
Which are & # 39; difficult & # 39; opportunities for Leafs?
TSN's Scouting Director Craig Button suggests Micheal Ferland and Wayne Simmonds, the two forwards ahead near TSN Hockey's Trade Bait list. A player like Simmonds can play with good players and be a commanding presence in front of the power play network.
Also, look back on a few years and see the impact Patric Hornqvist had with Pittsburgh Penguins – Simmonds can replicate that role in the rival team. Malkin and Crosby also play heavy matches for Pittsburgh in the playoffs, while Auston Matthews and John Tavares will follow that track. Where Babcock wants to add another difficult forward, he is on his hips.
Lower priority for Maple Leafs is the real shot. Director General Kyle Dubas has told reporters earlier this week that he wants to continue to bolster defense. The frame that Muzzin does not check the game is on the right.
Babcock likes this balance in his pairs, but in the cap position now where the dollars and dollars are, the Maple Leafs probably bang on the edges, trying to get the seventh as security.
We'll see what Dubas has in mind from now until 15:00. ET on Monday, February 25.
For Leafs, it is not just an attempt to win the first time since 2004, but an attempt to conquer the leading Tampa Bay Lightning in the toughest race for the Stanley Cup.