Now that the deadline has passed we know what the Leafs will look like with their new acquisitions. There were plenty of questions going into the deadline on what was going to happen to Petr Mrazek, who was one of the waivers. Would Dubas add more? How are the Leafs going to work their cap situation out? Well, the answer to those questions is Mrazek clears waivers, and Dubas will stand pat after the two trades on Sunday. Overall, I thought the Leafs had a good but not great deadline, teams within the division, specifically Tampa, Boston, and Florida added big. With Boston bolstering their blueline, acquiring Hampus Lindholm, Florida acquiring Ben Chiarot and Claude Giroux, and Tampa acquiring Nick Paul and Brendan Hagel, I’m not sure the Leafs added enough or are good enough to win one round this year.
One thing I wonder is if Dubas had anything lined up for if Mrazek was claimed. Maybe another depth move? I guess we’ll never know but that is one thing that got me thinking.
To TOR: Mark Giordano (Seattle retains 50% of contract) and Collin Blackwell.
To SEA: TOR 2022 2nd, TOR 2023 2nd, TOR 2024 3rd.
Leafs Grade: A
Reports were saying that Dubas wasn’t willing to move a first-rounder for a rental, which disappointed me because of how the market was looking. With the massive haul, Montreal got from Florida for Chiarot and Anaheim got from Boston for Lindholm (granted, different situations for both players) I thought there wasn’t a way he was going to land Giordano. Blackwell isn’t being talked about too much which is understandable in this type of trade. I like Blackwell as a bottom-six player, adds depth, and is a high-energy, hard-working player. For the price the Leafs paid, adding a solid depth forward and a good defenceman is a good value. Not much to complain about at all here.
Kraken Grade: B-
Not too sure how Seattle didn’t end up getting a first from Giordano. While Giordano did make it known he’d like to play in Toronto it was also stated that he wouldn’t stop trades to other contenders. The retained salary isn’t a big deal for Seattle, especially with Giordano being on an expiring deal. I would’ve expected a lot better of a return but we’ll see how they use these picks.
To TOR: WPG 2022 3rd
To VAN: Travis Dermott
Leafs Grade: B
Not much to say here. Dermott wasn’t playing every day for the Leafs and had asked for a trade earlier in the season. A third is a fair value for the deal.
Canucks Grade: A
A great addition for Vancouver here. Dermott can play on both the left and right sides and is carrying a very minimal cap hit of 1.5 million. While he struggled last season when he played this year he was decent and at the age of 24, he could still improve. Vancouver fans should be extremely happy with this acquisition.