Brad Treliving Planning Reunion With Former Leafs Defenseman

Published December 10, 2023 at 10:05
BY GRAHAM MONTGOMERY
     
It is no secret that the Maple Leafs are in need of help on their blueline. A series of injuries have made their bad situation worse and now a trade may be more imminent. Reportedly, GM Brad Treliving may be hoping for a reunion with one for Leaf.

Treliving Targeting Ducks Defenseman Lyubushkin For Trade



The Leafs have been rumored to be involved in trade discussions with multiple teams about their defensemen. Of note, the team has been particularly tied to the Calgary flames regarding Chris Tanev. They were also rumored to be in on Nikita Zadorov.

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Now, NHL insider David Pagnotta is reporting that the team has expressed interest in Ducks defenseman and former Leaf Ilya Lybushkin.

Inquiries for Sean Walker and Rasmus Ristolainen with the Philadelphia Flyers were just that Treliving did not divulge that he would be willing to give up for either player. The same goes for Anaheim's Ilya Lyubushkin, whom we first reported last month was on Toronto's radar.


Lyubushkin To Provide Depth To Injured Leafs Defense



Lyubushkin will not move the needle a ton, but he would provide the Leafs defense core with a much needed boost of depth. The 29-year-old has 305 games of NHL experience. He has 5 goals and 41 points in his career. He played 31 games for the Leafs in the 2021-22 season and recorded 6 points with the team.


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Brad Treliving Planning Reunion With Former Leafs Defenseman

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