The Leafs Nation: Elliotte Friedman on the Leafs Morning Tackle the Toronto Maple Leafs and what space they could be including on the commerce deadline.
** NHLRumors.com transcription
Nick Alberga: “Alright Elliotte, lets get into the dialog. Clearly the commerce deadline March third. Wanting ahead to Dawn subsequent weekend as effectively. I’m certain you’ll be there. So the commerce dialog, is there a sure participant that involves thoughts straight away that you simply suppose could be an ideal match for the Toronto Maple Leafs proper now?
Friedman: “Nicely I’m a type of individuals who wonders if they need to be trying extra at ahead than protection. I’m. However I feel what the query is, not what we predict, it’s what do they suppose.
And I feel since Muzzin’s been out, there default as been, we have now to get a defenseman that performs like Muzzin does.
Now I feel at instances trigger the best way their D has performed this 12 months, that they’ve, I don’t know if ‘wavered’ is the suitable reply, however I do suppose internally they’ve thought, ‘are we ok right here to go begin specializing in one thing else?’
And the primary factor I feel they mentioned internally is, ‘we have now time.’ Trigger they in all probability received’t be capable to do a lot till proper earlier than the deadline. So we higher, however we higher ensure.
I feel the best way their D has performed has given them some rethinking on this. I simply suppose on the finish of the day, look, there’s the common season and there’s the playoffs. They’re two totally different leagues.
And other people blame the referees. I get it. However the backside line is, I’m a type of individuals who imagine that gamers change greater than the officers do. You can not play 28 video games within the playoffs. Sorry, you cannot play 82 video games within the common season such as you play 28 video games within the playoffs. It’s simply not doable. I feel it’s a rougher, meaner, nastier sport and I feel that they. Like put it this manner, any defenseman who might be obtainable, I feel they’ve known as on them.
I feel they’ve known as the staff and mentioned, ‘What are you considering? What are you ? What’s it going to value us? What are we going to wish to do? And I feel they’ve collected all that info.
Any ahead who’s been obtainable, I feel they’ve carried out that to some extent too. However I feel the largest query goes to be, what do they suppose they want, trigger I do suppose it was a Muzzin sort the second he went down. However on the very least I feel that they’ve reconsidered or taken a take a look at does this imply the best way the D has performed this 12 months.”