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Rumor: Western Canadian Team to Steal Top Trade Target From the Maple Leafs

Published November 30, 2023 at 10:01
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Maple Leafs Targeting Zadorov: They Absolutely Need Him

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are in dire need of a defenseman before the trade deadline. Their current defensive lineup isn't strong enough to match the top teams, especially given their recent injuries. Brad Treliving, the Leafs' GM, has a potential trade option with the Calgary Flames, a team he is familiar with from his time as their GM.

A prime candidate for this trade is Nikita Zadorov, who is reportedly seeking a move away from Calgary. Zadorov's strong defensive skills and physical presence could significantly bolster the Leafs' blue line.


However, the Maple Leafs aren't the only team eyeing Zadorov.

Canucks Also Interested in Zadorov But Their Latest Move Gives Them the Edge



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The Vancouver Canucks have also shown interest. Following their recent trade of Anthony Beauvillier to the Chicago Blackhawks, which freed up about $4.15 million in cap space, the Canucks are in a better position to pursue Zadorov.

Kevin Weekes stated:

"Given the Beauvillier Trade to @NHLBlackhawks, I'm told you can add the @Canucks to the list of interested suitors in pursuit of D Zadorov from the @NHLFlames."


The Canucks have had a strong start to the season and are looking like serious contenders for the Stanley Cup. Acquiring Zadorov could further enhance their chances.

Do you think the Leafs can make the playoffs with their current defensive unit?

As reported on Hockey Patrol - Canadian Team Clears Cap Space and Stirs Trouble for Maple Leafs by Declaring Interest in the Same Defenseman as Toronto
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Rumor: Western Canadian Team to Steal Top Trade Target From the Maple Leafs

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