Toronto Maple Leafs: 6 ideal forwards to target at trade deadline

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Head coach Sheldon Keefe of the Toronto Maple Leafs watches the action. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

The Toronto Maple Leafs understand the opportunity that they have in front of them this season and Kyle Dubas is prepared to do whatever it takes to get a deal done.

Speaking to reporters this week, the Leafs general manager made it clear that he is willing to pay a high price even for a rental player. At this point, it seems like a matter of when not if a deal gets made for a player.

While Dubas mentions that the Leafs will likely be targeting a rental forward, it shouldn’t keep him looking at players who have term as well. Obviously, the Leafs also have to make the salary work in any deal which is why Alexander Kerfoot’s name continues to pop up in most trade talks.

The other complication in any deal is the fact that any player the Leafs acquire from the U.S. has to go through a 14-day quarantine before he can even join the team. This is an unprecedented situation and a reason why Dubas is putting the priority on making a trade well before the April 12 deadline.

Something the Leafs will need to keep in mind is the fact that some players with no-trade clauses might not be willing to waive it in order to come to Canada where they have to quarantine for 14 days.

With that being said, here is a look at players the Leafs have likely made calls on and could target as a mid-season addition.