Maple Leafs in Talks for a Possible Trade with the Los Angeles Kings

Elliot Ben Jacob
February 17, 2024  (7:52 PM)

Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brad Treliving
Photo credit: Editor in Leaf

Toronto's Strategic Moves Before Trade Deadline

As the March 8th trade deadline approaches, the Toronto Maple Leafs are on a strategic quest. Their target? A robust and skilled defenseman who can dominate the game minutes and prefers to shoot with the right.
While the Calgary Flames have been mentioned as a potential source of talent, the focus seems to have shifted. The Leafs are now believed to be engaging with a team from the Pacific Division, setting their sights on the Los Angeles Kings.

Enhanced Scouting Efforts

The Leafs' interest in the Kings is no casual glance. Throughout the season, Toronto's scouts have been frequent observers of Los Angeles' games.
In a notable move, Brad Treliving, the Leafs' Assistant General Manager, made a specific trip to Boston to watch the Kings face off against the Bruins. This scouting mission was mirrored by the Flames, adding an intriguing layer to the narrative.

The Ideal Candidate: Matt Roy

The speculation points towards Matt Roy, a 28-year-old defenseman, as the Leafs' primary target. Standing at 6'2" and weighing 210 pounds, Roy embodies the physicality Toronto desires.

His average ice time exceeds 20 minutes per game, showcasing his reliability and toughness. Moreover, Roy's right-handed shot and capability to block shots make him an ideal fit for the Leafs' defensive strategy.

Financial Considerations and Strategy

Acquiring Roy, however, comes with its complexities. With Roy set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season and a current salary of $3.15M, Toronto is cautious about investing in what could be a short-term addition.
Nevertheless, the possibility of a sign-and-trade deal or exploring other players with longer contract terms in Los Angeles indicates Toronto's serious intent.

Broadening the Scouting Horizon

In addition to the focused interest in the Kings, Toronto is also keeping an eye on other potential opportunities.
Scouts were sent to observe the game between the Blackhawks and the Senators, suggesting a wide-ranging search for the right addition to their roster.