Toronto Maple Leafs Podcast ft. Chris Johnston: Exploring aftermath of Muzzin trade

Jake Muzzin #6 of the Los Angeles Kings skates is chased by Kasperi Kapanen #24 of the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Jake Muzzin #6 of the Los Angeles Kings skates is chased by Kasperi Kapanen #24 of the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

The Toronto Maple Leafs made a splash acquiring Jake Muzzin, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston joins the podcast to discuss the deal and what is next for the team.

A couple of days after the Toronto Maple Leafs traded for Jake Muzzin there still many questions left to be answered.

To help with that, David Morassutti and Austin Owens are joined by Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston to analyze the trade. They also look at what the deal does for the team beyond this season and what to expect from the Leafs after their All-Star break.

Here is a summary of what to look for on the latest episode which you can also listen to below or download using the following link.

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David and Austin start off the podcast by breaking down the trade, looking back at their reaction to the news. What did the Leafs give up in Carl Grundstrom and Sean Durzi? Austin provides a breakdown of what both players will give the Los Angeles Kings and the Leafs’ prospect status.

David explains why giving up Grundstrom isn’t the end of the world considering the emergence of Trevor Moore and he also explains why the team did well to keep Timothy Liljegren and Rasmus Sandin.

Johnston joins the podcast to provide his reaction to the deal and what to expect right away when Muzzin hits the ice. David asks him if having Muzzin playing on the right side is something to expect after this season?

How does the trade impact the rest of the Leafs’ trade deadline plans and what is something they could do? Johnston gives his thoughts on what could still be done and whether it’s possible.

David and Austin ask CJ what the next step is to get Matthews’ contract done and whether the team wants to push for an eight-year extension or is more than likely it’s a five to six-year deal?

Nikita Zaitsev’s contract remains a big topic of discussion and David wonders if his future is in jeopardy and Austin asks if one of their forwards is a more likely candidate. Johnston provides his take on the salary cap situation and possible ways for the Leafs to navigate it.

What would a potential Leafs-Habs playoff series mean for the country, the media coverage and the NHL? Johnston explains why it would be a great thing for hockey.

Next. Projecting defensive pairings after Muzzin trade. dark

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