LeBrun: “Dubas Could Strike Early”

No hockey means more trade deadline content. That’s a sad fact. The other sad fact that is even when hockey resumes we’ll still probably spend the next month talking trades instead of games, but thankfully we’re exactly one month away and it will all be over soon (until summer).
TSN and their army of insiders are fast at work connecting the Leafs to every possible defenseman on the market, and today it was Pierre LeBrun’s turn to connect those dots:
In Toronto, LeBrun wonders whether the Maple Leafs will add a top-four defenceman to help fill the void left by the injured Morgan Rielly. Rielly is expected to be sidelined into March and LeBrun notes that general manager Kyle Dubas could strike early again this year and acquire a player such as Matt Dumba, T.J. Brodie or Josh Manson. LeBrun believes Dubas does not want to move winger Kasperi Kapanen, but acquiring top-four help on the blueline won’t come cheap.
Since LeBrun was updating on all the Canadian teams, there were also this relevant piece in the Flames and Oilers sections:
The Flames have been in search of …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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