The Toronto Maple Leafs want a defenceman. Everyone knows this. Lou Lamoriello is in Vegas and was talking to George McPhee of the Vegas Golden Knights about making a deal.  McPhee says he’s planning to take extra defencemen to trade once the trade freeze is lifted tomorrow morning.

Are there any defencemen to be had that are worth having?

Tuesday night Elliott Friedman posted 30 Thoughts and Bob McKenzie spat out a Tweet storm, and both have news about who has made deals with Vegas and what they may entail.  There’s only 29 places that McPhee could get a defender the Leafs might want, so let’s look at them all:

Anaheim Ducks

This is the big one at the top of the list. Both Sami Vatanen and Josh Manson were exposed.

Do the Leafs want Shea Theodore? He’s a lefty, but he’s young, and fits the long-range timeline of a contending dynasty which is what you hear as the plan whenever Lamoriello or Mike Babcock talk. He’s got good buzz around him and a little bit of NHL experience.  He might be a target of interest. Brandon Montour fits the Leafs’ needs better, but his name has never come up as possible to get.

Arizona Coyotes

They have nothing on the their exposed list worth taking.

Boston Bruins

Colin Miller is the man to look at here. He is 24, a right-shooting defender, and he’s playing a lot better quality hockey than a player with his low ice-time usually manages.  While he isn’t any younger than Nikita Zaitsev, he would be an asset to the team at a low contract.  His stats are buoyed up by playing on the Corsi dynamo team of the Bruins, but he still looks like a player who could move up in responsibility.

Buffalo Sabres

The only defender worth having, can be got as a UFA on July 1. There was word that the Leafs tried to get Cody Franson at the deadline last season, but couldn’t do it.

Calgary Flames

Nothing worth having.

Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina doesn’t need to expose any players of value, and the deal they are rumoured to be doing is an inducement for Vegas to take Eddie Lack off their hands.  The ‘Canes are a team the Leafs can go to tomorrow if today doesn’t bear fruit.

Chicago Blackhawks

If the deal to send Trevor van Riemsdyk to Vegas is made, then the Leafs might be interested in him as depth and one more young defender. He’s not the top four star they need, though.

Colorado Avalanche

There is a possibility that Tyson Barrie might be traded. The Avs have protected him, so again, this is a tomorrow deal, not a today deal.  The price is likely a very good forward.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus has a deal with Vegas, reportedly to trade their first overall and a prospect to protect all their players.  Who that prospect is is unknown.  Gabriel Carlsson is about their only defence prospect who is really worth a long look.  He is only 20 and was taken in the 2015 first round.

Dallas Stars

Nothing worth having here.

Detroit Red Wings

Jonathan Ericsson? No? Okay.

Edmonton Oilers


Florida Panthers

Jason Demers is the name here, and if the Leafs want a win-now player, he might be very good.  However, it seems that the Panthers are actually looking to move Jonathan Marchessault. They might have a deal to protect him, they might be looking to move him. It’s not clear. It is possible Florida fears his future cost because he is a UFA next summer, not an RFA.  This might be the opportunity to flip the script and take a centre, however.

Los Angeles Kings

Brayden McNabb was exposed. If the Kings don’t have a deal, he will be a player Vegas would likely take. He is a lefty, 26 years old, and good, but not good enough to push Morgan Rielly to the right side, so I don’t see the fit.

Minnesota Wild

Minnesota seems to have made a deal to have Vegas take pending UFA Erik Haula, so no Matt Dumba possibility exists anymore.  But Haula as a depth centre is well worth considering.

Montreal Canadiens

Do they have any defencemen left?

Nashville Predators

Nashville may or may not have a deal and they may or may not lose a forward.  Unless you want Petter Granberg back, there are no defenders there.

New Jersey Devils

Viktor Loov? No? Okay.

New York Islanders

The Islanders protected all of the defenders they could manage at the expense of their forwards.  Calvin de Haan is the name here left open on D, but he is a lefty, 26 years old, and is in the same class as McNabb — not quite the right fit.

New York Rangers

Ah, ha ha.

Ottawa Senators

Friedman said:

As for Marc Methot, word is there is significant interest. This is going to make Senators fans sick, but the first teams that jumped into my head were Montreal and Toronto. It would make sense for both to want him. I can’t confirm it, but it sounds like both of those clubs are on his no-trade list.

Why would it make sense for the Leafs? He’s not any better than Matt Hunwick, in fact, he’s a lot less of a sure thing.  This weird idea has been floated by others and it might be a neato narrative, but it would be a dumb move.

Philadelphia Flyers

Michael Del Zotto is better than most people think he is, but he’s not worth trading for.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Vegas is taking Marc-André Fleury.  He is expected to be at the awards tonight as the face of the franchise.  He’d look dashing in armour.

San Jose Sharks

Nothing there.

St Louis Blues

I do wonder if Vegas will take Carl Gunnarsson, but his day has passed.

Tampa Bay Lightning

There has to be a deal in place here, and the defenders left open aren’t good fits anyway.

Vancouver Canucks

I can’t find any player at any position on their exposed list that is worth having.

Washington Capitals

There’s no one there, even as depth, that isn’t UFA.

Winnipeg Jets

Toby Enstrom will likely end up as depth somewhere, but not the Leafs.

So this is the list I get, taking the rumours into account: who do you like on it to trade for?

Do you like any of these trade ideas?

Shea Theodore173
Colin Miller342
Trevor van Riemsdyk42
Jason Demers89
Brayden McNabb1
Erik Haula3
Calvin de Haan27
Jonathan Marchessault53