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A temperature check on our expectations ahead of the trade deadline.

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Yesterday, Kyle Dubas met the media, and talked trading in a very forthright way.

The video is included in that post, but for those who like to read, MLHS has you covered:

I think Dubas’s remarks sounded like a plea to the GMs of the NHL to call him, call him now, and make him a good offer, not their junk third-liner for a high price. He needs to upend the traditional timing of the trade deadline because he doesn’t want a player joining the Leafs two weeks after April 12. He wants that person in Toronto now, where even in quarantine, they can be discussing things with staff.

But a big deal has a big price. And he said he’d trade a top prospect (for the right return went unsaid, but we should all take that as read). So how high up the prospect ladder are you willing to go for a good player back?

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How big a prospect are you willing to lose?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Filip Hållander is fine
    (242 votes)
  • 24%
    Timothy Liljegren can go
    (364 votes)
  • 22%
    Rodion Amirov is my limit
    (325 votes)
  • 12%
    Nick Robertson for the right return
    (179 votes)
  • 24%
    I would even trade Rasmus Sandin, it’s total go for it time
    (355 votes)
1465 votes total Vote Now

Considering making a big deal and actually doing it are two different things. What do you actually expect.

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What do you expect in a trade?

This poll is closed

  • 17%
    Johnny Gaudreau or Filip Forsberg
    (248 votes)
  • 30%
    Taylor Hall or Mattias Ekholm
    (424 votes)
  • 3%
    Andreas Johnsson with full retention
    (46 votes)
  • 21%
    Mikael Granlund
    (305 votes)
  • 5%
    Eric Staal
    (83 votes)
  • 20%
    Some even more boring than that
    (284 votes)
1390 votes total Vote Now

Almost any deal requires some cap space to be made. How high up the ladder are you willing to go on removing someone from the roster? Most people just say Alexander Kerfoot, like he doesn’t actually do anything on the team, and they leave it at that.

Are you comfortable with that? Or would you be okay with that if the player coming back is a centre?

Poll

Moving Kerfoot is on everyone’s mind, is that wise?

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    Yes, he adds nothing
    (309 votes)
  • 19%
    The Leafs are always weak at centre, so it seems like a bad move
    (249 votes)
  • 56%
    If a centre comes back, it’s fine
    (730 votes)
1288 votes total Vote Now

How do you expect to feel the day after the deadline?

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After the deadline I will feel...

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Like the Leafs are ready to roll over everyone
    (125 votes)
  • 15%
    Really fed up with the salary cap
    (198 votes)
  • 8%
    Annoyed about the Marner contract
    (108 votes)
  • 22%
    Like Nazem Kadri is who the Leafs need
    (276 votes)
  • 21%
    All of the above
    (269 votes)
  • 14%
    Whelmed, I expect to feel whelmed
    (187 votes)
  • 7%
    Fire Dubas!
    (89 votes)
1252 votes total Vote Now