Montreal Canadiens defenceman David Savard.
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Maple Leafs linked to trio of Stanley Cup-winning defencemen

Published March 3, 2024 at 7:01 PM

Late last week, Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brad Treliving made his first trade before the deadline, bringing back defenceman Ilya Lyubuskin in a deal with the Anaheim Ducks.

The Maple Leafs are expected to be in the middle of things this week as rumours ramp up before Friday's deadline and it looks as if Brad Treliving is interested in adding another blueliner.

In an article on The Fourth Period, it's being reported that Treliving is looking to acquire another defenceman and the team has been linked to five defenceman, three of whom - David Savard, Colton Parayko and Joel Edmundson - are Stanley Cup champions.

"The Leafs are believed to have varying degrees of interest in such defencemen as David Savard of the Montreal Canadiens, Matt Dumba of the Arizona Coyotes, Colton Parayko of the St. Louis Blues, Mario Ferraro of the San Jose Sharks and Joel Edmundson of the Washington Capitals, among others."

With the Maple Leafs being tight to the cap, any trade they make will require them to move money out and/or ask a third team to get involved for retention purposes.

The interesting thing about the five defencemen the Maple Leafs have been linked to is that three of them are under contract beyond this season, with Matt Dumba and Joel Edmundson being unrestricted free agents on July 1st. David Savard has one year remaining on his contract beyond 2023-24, Mario Ferraro has two years, while Colton Parayko, who would be the hardest player to bring in, has five years with an average annual value of $6.5 million.

Toronto's first round pick is reportedly in play as well and it'll be interesting to see if Brad Treliving parts with it before 3 p.m. ET next Friday.

Which of the three Stanley Cup champions that the Maple Leafs are linked to would be the best fit for Toronto? Let us know what you think in the poll below!

Source: The Fourth Period
March 3   |   1074 answers
Maple Leafs linked to trio of Stanley Cup-winning defencemen

Which defenceman should the Toronto Maple Leafs try to add?

David Savard - Montreal Canadiens16215.1 %
Colton Parayko - St. Louis Blues53950.2 %
Joel Edmundson - Washington Capitals15514.4 %
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