The Toronto Maple Leafs rescued their five-way road trip with a 7-2 prominent victory over the New Devils at the Enthusiastic Center in Newark on Tuesday, having a production of its core group (Auston Matthews and John Tavares had a goal who helped Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly with a goal, Nazem Kadri with three assistants), their deepest players (Tyler Ennis with a pair of goals, Patrick Marleau, linked to Maurice "The Rocket" Richard with 544 career goals and Connor Brown with three help) and jumping on the Devils who strive with three back the first time.
"We have not been working as hard as we need to be, and tonight we came to play." Mike Babcock, Leafs's main coach, said after the game. "We came here, we got the puck behind them, we did what we needed to do and that's why we're successful."
Frederik Andersen made 27 victories in the win, which, along with the loss of Buffalo to Florida, joined Toronto back to the second place in the Atlantic Region. The Leafs finished 2-2-1 on their swing way and now they play four of their next five matches in Scotiabank Arena, starting with a reorganization with Panthers on Thursday.
The recent comments from GM Kyle Dubas about how and where the Leafs will be going to improve the club before the closing date for the NHL Trade will indicate that they will hunt a big game in the form top defender four, but just as important as adding a blueliner they can play 20+ minutes alongside Morgan Rielly or Jake Gardiner that improves the club's depth on defense in case of injury.
One of the key moves made by Washington Capitals in preparing for the post-season season was the acquisition of defender Michal Kempny from the Chicago Blackhawks for the third round of 2018. Kempny went in and out from the Hawks line, but the 28-year-old was a stable presence for Capitals, playing the 24 play games on the way to the Stanley Cup victory.
The Leafs have an organizational depth that can pay in the future, with young people Timothy Liljegren and Rasmus Sandin are underway and the Rosen Calle and Andreas Borgman more experienced may vote for NHL posts next season , but what has to be done for Dubas is the Event assumption such as Roman Polak breaking his leg in Phase 2 of the first round series against Washington two years ago.
Currently, the first Babcock in the event of injury includes Martin Marincin in the line and based on how he performed against the Caps and in NHL since then, no-one should feel comfortable with possibility of being on the ice when the season's fate is on hand.
Dubas is aware of the price of doing business before the closing date, which is why he emphasized the desire to add someone with the term after contract, which would provide the cost assurance of the past this season and a longer return for young or highly valuable assets of draft options, but not closing the door on adding depth if it can be bought at a low cost or by taking advantage of the cap space the Leafs have available this season.
Starting with possible cheap options such as Kempny, here are five possible options that Dubas could add to help on the blueline:
Kevin Bieksa (Free Agent) – Grimsby, 37, had played 57 enthusiasts for Anaheim last season, and did not find a representative as a free agent last summer, but hopes to attract some interest from him NHL clubs by playing to Canada in the Spengler Cup later this month.
Bieksa on the right, playing with the edge, can kill penalties and the only cost would be a NHL contract for the rest of this season, but its shortcomings are falling.
Alex Petrovic (Florida Panthers) – Petrovic has a lot (6 "4" 216 lbs) and likes to put the body on opposition, but it is likely that the 26-year deficit (1 will help in 24 games ) and a contract that expires is likely to keep the cost of procurement to choose mid-round.
Radko Gudas (Philadelphia Flyers) – Gudas is eagerly advocates in the analytical community and those who believe that the Leaves need to add some hardness and weight.
In his piece of Athletics, Ian Tulloch notes that Gudas is one of the best wildlife in NHL restricting scoring opportunities (there is likely to be an oversight to be removed) and that the Flyers do well when it's on ice, but it takes too many shots of the point with a low percentage of chances of scoring.
The 28-year-old makes $ 3.35 million and is signed by 2020, and could cost as much as a second-round option if Flyers decide to move and interest high, but unlike to waste second round options on Brian Boyle and Tomas Plekanec's rents of the last two closing dates, adding Gudas to address an area of need and for more than one year.
Niklas Kronwall (Detroit Red Wings) – The Stanley Cup Experience and the ability to throw excuse bone seizures are the reasons why the Books may be interested in the 37-year-old Kronwall (who is expected to retire after this season), but reduce mobility Because of a poor knee and if Mike Babcock's play is yet questions that could stop him from happening.
Polak Rufeinig (Dallas Stars – I can see my friend Steve Dangle listening "NOOOOOOOOOOOO". Based on its familiarity with training staff and Leafs players, the comparatively low cost it would recover to be able to be a penalty death or be a stopping stop in pinsh, Bringing back Polak makes some sense.
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