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Insider Friedman Reveals Brad Treliving's Major Plan Ahead Of The Trade Deadline

Published February 9, 2024 at 7:54 PM
BY GRAHAM MONTGOMERY
     
Despite having a roster full of All-Star talent, the Toronto Maple Leafs have had quite a disappointing season. The team should still make the playoffs, but their regular season has been far less impressive than recent years. As such, major moves could be coming at the trade deadline.

Insider Reveals Toronto Maple Leafs Plans For 2024 First Round Draft Pick



Elliotte Friedman reported this morning on 32 thoughts that the Toronto Maple Leafs are in fact willing to move their 1st round pick in the 2024 draft.

32 Thoughts Podcast, on Toronto: They are willing to trade their 2024 1st but hoping to package with something instead of just a 1st for a rental. #LeafsForever #NHL




Doing so would leave the team with just a single pick inside the top-two rounds of the draft for the next three years, a 1st round pick in 2026. However, the team is clearly committed to winning with their current core, so perhaps this move would make sense. That being said, the insider also noted that the Leafs are not interested in trading their young players.

Leafs Not Interested In Trading Young Players Or Prospects



Given the lack of high draft picks in recent years, the Leafs have few prospects with legitimate NHL potential. Among them are Frasier Minten and Easton Cowan. According to Friedman, the Leafs are not interested in trading either of these players.

"As we've talked on the pod today I believe what Toronto is trying to do is say how can we maximize our first round pick. I think they've got some other pieces there like I don't know what Robertson's future is but he's been a little bit hot. They don't want to trade Knies, they don't want to trade Cowan, they don't want to trade Minten...The first rounder would have been part of a Tanev/Zadorov deal with Calgary if that would've happened"


One player the Leafs have been linked to earlier in the season is Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro. The 25-year-old has been playing big minutes for the club on a reasonable cap hit of 3.25 million dollars. Furthermore, he has two years left on his deal after this one, making him not just a rental. Stay tuned to see of the Leafs pull the trigger on Ferraro or any of their other trade targets.

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