The huge risk the Leafs take in shopping one of their defencemen

Being reported by multiple Leafs beat writers is that Toronto is shopping one of their defencemen.
Whether that be Justin Holl, Travis Dermott, or even both of them, I don’t think it’s a logical idea. One of the things the Leafs have echoed for years is why depth brings success. And if you trade one of Holl or Dermott, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of depth?
If you trade either of those players, it leaves a hole. Not one within the lineup, but one if there’s an injury.
I’m sometimes on the side of the player because it’s tough being the odd man out. It’s hard for hockey players to miss games, especially when they know they can be better. Holl is the most prominent example of that.
Eight months ago, the 29-year-old was the key to shutting down Connor McDavid in three-straight games. It wasn’t Jake Muzzin.
I say that only because a lot of people see Holl and think his success is from Muzzin. If he didn’t have the Stanley Cup Champion defender on his left side, Holl wouldn’t be effective. At times I buy it, other times …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

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