Identifying good, affordable players to buy at the deadline market

Arguably the most exciting time of the season, the NHL trade deadline is just around the corner. After Monday April 12th at 3:00 pm in Toronto (it’s set on Toronto time because the NHL knows that’s where its money comes from), teams will no longer be able to trade players and have them play in the NHL playoffs for their team this season.
Because the Maple Leafs are the most talked-about buyer on the market, they will be linked to every single player who is available. This post will aim to identify just which targets Toronto should be trying to go after.
There are five factors that will determine whether a player is a good buy for Toronto. Two of these are very simple and obvious, one is based on NHL CBA wizardry, and the last two rely on advanced stats.
At a high level, these five factors are:

Player is an Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA) at the end of the 2020-21 NHL season
Player plays for a team that is a seller, or could be convinced to be a seller for the right price
Player has a cap hit that Toronto can afford
Player has is expected to …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

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