Toronto Maple Leafs Podcast: Looking at the team’s biggest trade deadline need

Jason Spezza #19 chats with teammate Cody Ceci #83 of the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Jason Spezza #19 chats with teammate Cody Ceci #83 of the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

The Toronto Maple Leafs have some tough decisions heading into the NHL trade deadline so we discuss what the team should prioritize to improve the roster

Speculation season is upon us and the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the middle of it with the NHL trade deadline approaching.

Whether it is the team’s blue line or their backup goalie position, the team has been among the many contenders making calls to inquire about potential trade targets. We looked at some players the Leafs could be interested and discussed what should be at the top of the list.

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

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We start the podcast discussing the Leafs 2-1 loss to the Calgary Flames and why it continues to prove why the shootout should not be deciding games in the NHL especially with valuable points being decided in the standings. Then we move on to the Flames and what’s being going on with them lately and why they are in the position they are in.

The Leafs are in a tough position right now with Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin out of the lineup injured but can the team keep moving forward without them? We look at who needs to step up in that situation including Tyson Barrie.

Should Timothy Liljegren get a chance to play considering how many times he has been called up and sent down lately? We discuss whether this is the right situation for him to make his debut and other factors the team has to consider.

The team also has to decide where they want to prioritize their focus considering they don’t have a lot of wiggle room with their salary cap unless they decide to make other moves along with that.

The most obvious one is trying to get Alexander Georgiev from the New York Rangers. What would the Leafs have to give up in a potential deal and would it be worth it over the long run?

To finish off the podcast we discuss some topics that have taken social media by storm starting with Gerrard Gallant getting fired by the Vegas Golden Knights. Was it the right move and what would the justification be?

Moving on to the battle between Matthew Tkachuk and Zach Kassian, we look at why this has blown up as much as it did and whether we can expect it to continue to gain traction going forward.

To top it all off, the Houston Astros situation is one of the more compelling in recent memory and we look at the aftermath that has come from it and why this story probably won’t be going away anytime soon.

Next. Auston Matthews’ push for 50 goals in good shape. dark

What are your thoughts on the latest Leafs news? Have any questions for the next podcast episode? Let us know in the comments below.