In the span of 10 days, Kyle Dubas has managed to shed the three contracts, that most in the hockey world believed, needed to be shed. He did it without retaining a penny, which is huge.
Dubas shipped out Zaitsev and Brown on July 1, after Zaitsev’s bonus had been paid, to the Ottawa Senators. When evaluating this trade, you can’t look through the lens of “if Brown scores x goals, Leafs lost the trade.” I am of the opinion that apart from elite players, and I mean bonafide superstars, cap space is the most valuable asset you can have. This is why I think the Leafs “won” this trade.
What is Ottawa getting? Well, Connor Brown will definitely play higher in the lineup, probably in Ottawa’s top-6 and on the PP. He will score more, naturally. However, it is important to look at it from the lens that Brown was not getting that opportunity in Toronto because there are too many better options ahead of him. There is a non-zero chance his deal ends up being a bargain for Ottawa, especially if he produces in an elevated role. Don’t be surprised if he returns to his rookie …
Author: Rachel Doerrie / The Leafs Nation