With the team clinging onto a playoff spot in late-February, there’s a tremendous amount of pressure for Kyle Dubas to make a big splash that saves the Maple Leafs.
Dubas has done some interesting salary cap maneuvering that has ultimately allowed him quite a bit of financial flexibility at the trade deadline thanks to the complicated thing known as the Long Term Injured Reserve. That said, Dubas has already dealt away the team’s first- and second-round picks in this year’s draft, so being a buyer won’t be that simple.
In order to make a splash this year to improve the team’s chances of going on a playoff run, Dubas, yet again, is going to have to get creative. With Tyson Barrie sent to become a free agent at the end of the season, it’s been suggested that Dubas recoup assets for the offensive-minded defender at the deadline. But, rather than dealing Barrie for prospects or picks and just hanging on to them, Dubas could recoup futures for Barrie that he ends up flipping elsewhere for an upgrade right now.
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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation