Flames defenseman Chris Tanev skating in a home game in the NHL.
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New Rumored Trade Connects The Toronto Maple Leafs To A Top Defenseman

Published January 16, 2024 at 5:59 PM

A new post on social media has suggested a trade that would help solve the Toronto Maple Leafs' need for better defensemen. The trade would bring a top player to Toronto at an expensive cost.

Maple Leafs Exploring Trade Market For Defenseman

The Toronto Maple Leafs defensive group has struggled heavily this season. Injuries to top defensemen John Klingberg and Timothy Liljegren at different points in the year have exposed the need for more depth on the back end. As a result, fans around the NHL have been suggested trades to fix this problem

A new trade that has been suggested would bring a top defenseman for a struggling Western Conference team to Toronto. As a result one of the most polarizing prospects the Toronto Maple Leafs have would head out West.

Maple Leafs Acquire Star Defenseman In Rumored Trade

The trade posted by Daily Dose Hockey would send Calgary Flames defenseman Chris Tanev to the Toronto Maple Leafs. In return, the Flames would land forward Nick Robertson and a third-round pick.


Tanev has been connected to the Maple Leafs for months now. Tanev is in the final season of his contract with the struggling Calgary Flames. They are reportedly open to moving him for assets to help their team in the future. For the Maple Leafs, he would add stability and a veteran presence to the blueline. He is also capable of playing major minutes.

In return, the Flames grab another piece for the future. Nick Robertson is a former second-round pick by the Maple Leafs. After a successful junior career, Robertson has struggled to find success in the NHL. His AHL numbers do provide a path to success still though. If Robertson could stay healthy he would be a good return piece in this deal.

Evaluating this trade would come down to the playoff run that the Maple Leafs get from Tanev as well as if they can extend him. For the Flames health and NHL flashes of success would be essential fairly immediately from Robertson to be considered a success.
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New Rumored Trade Connects The Toronto Maple Leafs To A Top Defenseman

Who wins this rumored trade?

Calgary Flames28834.6 %
Toronto Maple Leafs54565.4 %
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