Three cheers for bias. Let’s be completely honest, a Leafs site rating a Leafs trade, when we’ve spent years hungry for a moment when the Leafs were committed to going big, we are destined to love this trade. Take us with a grain of salt. We’ve earned the right to be excited, and I guess while this trade is universally loved, perhaps a nugget of truth can be gleaned from our thoughts accompanying the highly supportive grades.
Michael Mazzei: A-
If you did not think the Leafs were all in after acquiring Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari, then Monday’s trade should be further proof that Kyle Dubas is pushing his chips to the centre of the table.
Jake McCabe should be a solid replacement for Jake Muzzin who may not come back for a long time. McCabe will be leaned on a lot in defensive situations and on the penalty kill while also providing a physical element that the Leafs needed more of with their regulars on the back end. The fact that they get him at 50% retained over the next two seasons means he is going to be a mainstay for the foreseeable future.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation