Two Division Rivals Could Be The Perfect Match For a Trade Right Now

Published October 1, 2023 at 4:07 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs potentially hold the key to a solution for their divisional rival, the Tampa Bay Lightning, who find themselves in a precarious goaltending situation.

Leafs and Lightning: A Potential Trade Matchup in The Making


The Tampa Bay Lightning are currently grappling with an unfortunate goaltending situation following Andrei Vasilevskiy's back injury, which needed a surgery, sidelining him for an estimated 8-10 weeks.

In light of this development, Tampa Bay is likely on the hunt for a reliable starting goaltender. While they do have Jonas Johansson, who delivered an impressive shutout performance during a recent preseason game against Carolina, the Lightning may still seek additional reassurance in the goaltending department. This is where the Toronto Maple Leafs enter the picture.

Could Toronto's Martin Jones Be the Answer for Tampa?


The Leafs acquired Martin Jones during the offseason, primarily to serve as their third-string goaltender and provide insurance, especially given Ilya Samsonov's injury history.

Jones showcased his prowess last season with the Kraken, arguably rescuing their campaign with a remarkable 27-13-3 record after starting goalie Phillip Grubauer was sidelined due to injury. During a preseason matchup with Toronto, Jones further demonstrated his skills by stopping 33 of 34 shots in a stellar 3-1 victory over Montreal.

Jones could potentially be the ideal solution for Tampa Bay, as his current salary aligns with the Lightning's cap space. With limited alternative options available, a trade with Toronto may be the Lightning's best chance to secure another goaltender before the regular season commences.

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Two Division Rivals Could Be The Perfect Match For a Trade Right Now

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