Maple Leafs Officially Engaged in Intense Trade Discussions For Rugged Monster Defenseman

Published November 10, 2023 at 3:48 PM

Recent reports indicate that Brad Treliving and the Toronto Maple Leafs are targeting a top right-handed defenseman to strengthen their defense.


Maple Leafs Eyeing Zadorov to Reinforce their Struggling Blue Line

The Toronto Maple Leafs urgently require another defenseman. John Klingberg's underwhelming performance, his injury, and many more injuries within the defensive core have exposed a significant vulnerability in the Leafs. It seems they might have identified the ideal trade partner in Calgary.

Hour 2 of First Up with @Aaron_Korolnek and @frankcorrado22:

- @DarrenDreger on the #LeafsForever reported interest in Zadorov and what is next for the Oilers after their loss to the Sharks last night

- Is John Klingberg being scapegoated or does he deserve the criticism coming his way

- Pigeon or Peacock

Nikita Zadorov is the type of defenseman the Leafs urgently need. Conveniently, Brad Treliving, who originally signed Zadorov to a two-year contract in Calgary, has a pre-existing relationship with him. Bringing Zadorov to the Leafs will require some effort but seems feasible.

Leafs' Defensive Woes Highlighted by Injuries


The Leafs are currently facing a critical situation with a lot of injuries. However, they must be ready for such challenges as the playoffs approach. Injuries are common towards the end of the season, and being unprepared could be costly.

Zadorov, known for his robust playing style similar to Luke Schenn, whom the Leafs lost to free agency, could fill this gap effectively.

The Leafs will have a chance to observe Zadorov in action tonight when they meet the Flames in a game that feels crucial for Toronto.

As reported on Hockey Patrol - Report: Brad Treliving and the Maple Leafs Officially Pursuing Monstrous Right-Hand Defenseman
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Maple Leafs Officially Engaged in Intense Trade Discussions For Rugged Monster Defenseman

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