The team of speed and skill have lost their speediest player.
When the Toronto Maple Leafs traded Kasperi Kapanen to the Pittsburgh Penguins, it was the first time the Leafs traded a roster player primarily for a draft pick since October 2018, when they traded Connor Carrick to the Stars for a 2019 7th, which they used to select Defenceman Kalle Loponen. Even then, it was because Carrick had lost his spot to Igor Ozhiganov.
You would have to go back to the Bernier trade or the 2016 trade deadline to find a similar trade on paper. Looking at it through that lens, it appears that the Leafs are headed in the wrong direction; subtracting from their roster instead of adding to it. Does this mean the Leafs are admitting their current approach isn’t working?
Around the time of the aforementioned Bernier trade, the Leafs went out and got Matt Martin in free agency to try and change the course of their team. It could mean that is what the Leafs are preparing to do now, acquire a player in free agency that changes the perception of their team and alters their course.
From another perspective, it’s more of …
Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation