The Maple Leafs & Canucks Face Off In A Battle To Acquire Top Defenceman

Published February 9, 2024 at 9:37 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are actively seeking to bolster their defensive lineup, eyeing potential trade targets beyond just the Calgary Flames.

According to a report by Anthony di Marco, the Maple Leafs have shown interest in acquiring Philadelphia's Flyers Rasmus Ristolainen, potentially putting them in direct competition with the Vancouver Canucks.

«Rumours: The Leafs are among the teams interested in Flyers D Rasmus Ristolainen, the Canucks , Stars and are Devils also reportedly interested in acquiring the Philadelphia defenseman. This now adds to a list of D the Leafs have been linked to as the deadline gets closer»

While Ristolainen has recorded modest stats with 1 goal and 4 points in 30 games this season, his impact on the ice extends far beyond the scoresheet. Despite the Flyers' playoff contention, they may be open to making a significant move involving their veteran defenseman.

Toronto's urgent need for defensive reinforcements is no secret. Missing out on Nikita Zadorov, who landed with the Vancouver Canucks, has intensified their pursuit for defensive upgrades. With their Canadian rival bolstering their roster, the pressure is on the Maple Leafs to make strategic moves to enhance their chances of Stanley Cup success.

With a range of defensive options available, including Ilya Lyubushkin, Noah Hanifin, Chris Tanev, Ristolainen, Matt Dumba, and others, the Maple Leafs are actively exploring avenues to strengthen their blue line ahead of the playoffs.

Source: Hockeypatrol
February 9   |   92 answers
The Maple Leafs & Canucks Face Off In A Battle To Acquire Top Defenceman

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