There seems to be a consistent message from hockey insiders and that is that we shouldn’t expect much on trade deadline day. That hasn’t really slowed down the rumours at all, and the case and point is that Elliotte Friedman had a few interesting nuggets to chew on in 31 Thoughts this week.
As per tradition, we’ll tackle them thought by thought.
Toronto GM Kyle Dubas has made it clear that he won’t trade for a goalie unless the upgrade is significant and the cost isn’t prohibitive. And, if other teams sense desperation, they throw you anvils, not life preservers. That said, the Maple Leafs will explore the market. One under-the-radar name to consider: Jack Campbell in Los Angeles. The Kings have Cal Petersen at AHL Ontario, and he’ll need a spot. OHL fans will recognize that Dubas has traded for Campbell once before. He knows the goalie well. (One exec’s line as I asked around about this yesterday: “You’re eight years behind.”)
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation