With the NHL draft and free agency inching closer and closer, does a trade from the Maple Leafs become more imminent?
On Thursday, DailyFaceoff’s Frank Seravalli released his Trade Targets list which named 25 players who could be on the block heading into the summer.
One of the names on the list that was a little surprising was Justin Holl. The 30-year-old still has one year remaining on his deal and would fit into their plans on the right side at the moment. That is, unless Toronto plans on doing something else.
Maple Leafs’ Justin Holl lands on Daily Faceoff’s off-season trade board
What could this mean for the Maple Leafs’ defence heading into the 2022-23 season? Well, I think I have an idea.
There are a few names that stick out in Seravalli’s list, but one of the more fascinating names is Ethan Bear at #23. The 24-year-old is going to be an RFA this summer with not much of a track record to show for.
While he played 58 games with the Carolina Hurricanes and showed decent underlying numbers, Bear missed out on the playoffs due to an injury. The Maple Leafs could trade for the 24-year-old and qualify him at $2.4 million or see if Carolina lets him walk and then pounce on July 13th.
Either way, he might be a good bet.
Bear, in his 58 games this season, finished with a 56.59 CF%, a 50.00 GF%, a 55.51 xGF%, and a 55.49 HDCF%, all at five-on-five. He’d be an interesting piece that Toronto could experiment with on the third pairing alongside one of their veterans.
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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation