With Jake Muzzin right now, Toronto's Maple Leafs 1st trading priority is something that has been for a moment a main coach Mike Babcock's wish list.
As a Stanley Cup winner with Detroit's Red Wings, Babcock knows that heavy hockey wins in player games, and you don't have to look very far to see the effects on Washington capitals last spring with Tom Wilson, Brett Connolly and Devante Smith-Pelly.
What are the "heavy" options pages?
TSN Scouting Director Craig Button proposes Micheal Ferland and Wayne Simmonds, two forces ahead of the top of the TSN hockey sticks list. A player such as Simmonds can play with good players and have a team presence on the net for gaming games.
Also look at a couple of years and see Patric Hornqvist's influence on Pittsburgh Penguin – Simmonds can repeat this role in the controversial team. Malkin and Crosby also played heavy games for Pittsburgh, and Auston Matthews and John Tavares will follow this lead. If Babcock wants to add another heavy forward, it is on the side.
Lower Priority Maple Leafs is a right-hand vacuum cleaner. General Director Kyle Dubas pointed out to journalists this week that he wanted to continue to support the defense. The box that Muzzin does not check is played on the right.
Babcock loves this balance in his pairs of pairs, but in a situation where it is in dollars and dollars, Maple Leafs may be hiding around the edges trying to get the seventh guy as insurance.
We'll see what Dubai thinks from today to noon. ET Monday, Feb 25
Leaves, it's not just an attempt to win a player's turn for the first time since 2004, but also trying to remove the leader's leading Tampa Bay flash at the strictest stage of the Stanley Cup.