Treliving Planning More Moves Before Next Season

Published August 23, 2023 at 1:04 PM
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It's been a big first offseason for Brad Treliving at the helm of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He's been busy reshaping the roster, but there's still work to be done before the pucks drop on opening night.

Treliving's New Recruits



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This summer, the Maple Leafs' locker room welcomed some new faces. The acquisitions of Tyler Bertuzzi, Max Domi, Ryan Reaves, and John Klingberg are bound to shake things up. Bertuzzi, Domi, and Reaves add some grit and muscle, making the Leafs a tougher opponent. Meanwhile, Klingberg is the offensive boost the team's blueline sorely missed during the postseason.


Fans have been buzzing about these changes, largely applauding Treliving's moves. However, there's chatter amongst them and analysts about a lingering gap in the Leafs' squad.

The defense is clearly on everyone's mind. Yes, Klingberg's addition is a bonus, but it doesn't quite patch up the team's in-zone defense or the desire for more physical presence. The Leafs' backline wasn't the worst last season, but there's no denying the room for improvement.

Here's a sneak peek at the potential lineup for opening night:

Forwards:

Tyler Bertuzzi – Auston Matthews – William Nylander
Matthew Knies – John Tavares – Mitch Marner
Max Domi – David Kämpf – Nick Robertson
Sam Lafferty – Pontus Holmberg – Ryan Reaves

Defence:

Morgan Reilly – T.J. Brodie
Jake McCabe – John Klingberg
Mark Giordano – Timothy Liljegren

In the Net:

Starting: Ilya Samsonov
Backup: Joseph Woll

Leafs Cap Situation



A quick look at the numbers and the Leafs find themselves a tad over budget. As it stands, they're overshooting the Salary Cap by $2,943,950, considering players on long-term IR. This could signal some roster shuffles, either via trades or waivers. The rumor mill suggests the team might be eyeing a robust defenseman.

Treliving's initial moves have earned him some applause, but the real verdict will come after we see the final roster. He's promised to bolster the defense, so that's definitely on the radar as the season kicks off and as the trade deadline looms.


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