Washington Capitals defenseman Joel Edmundson
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Leafs Linked To Top Shutdown Defenseman From Conference Rival

Published February 9, 2024 at 10:47
BY JAMES CONNELLY
     
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are eyeing a potential trade to bring in a veteran defenseman to solidify their defensive core.

Toronto Maple Leafs Interested in Capitals' Edmundson



The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking into making moves to strengthen their defense, and one name on their radar is Joel Edmundson, a solid defenseman currently with the Washington Capitals.

Insider David Pagnotta recently hinted at multiple teams eyeing Edmundson, with the Maple Leafs standing out as strong contenders due to their available space.

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David Pagnotta from The Fourth Period lists the #LeafsForever as a team that could be interested in Savard and Edmundson

Thoughts?


Rumors: #LeafsForever have been linked to D Joel Edmundson, D Sean Walker, and D David Savard. These rumors only confirm Brad Treliving's interest in acquiring a defenseman before the trade deadline, something the Leafs are keen on doing.»

Edmundson, in his 9th NHL season and first with the Capitals, brings experience, including a Stanley Cup win with the Blues in 2019 and time with the Hurricanes and Canadiens.

Traded from the Canadiens to the Capitals this season, Edmundson has proven himself in a bottom-pairing role, ranking second among Capitals defensemen in +/- and showcasing solid defensive skills via advanced metrics.

Edmundson's Potential Role with the Leafs



Expected to slot into a bottom-pairing position, Edmundson's versatility allows for increased minutes if Coach Keefe requires.

As a left-handed defenseman comfortable on the right side, similar to McCabe and Brodie, Edmundson could pair effectively with Giordano or Benoit, forming a potent shutdown tandem to thwart opposing offenses.

As seen on Hockey Patrol - REPORT: Toronto Maple Leafs Linked to Shutdown Defenseman From the Washington Capitals
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