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Brad Treliving has reportedly narrowed his focus to two free-agent defensemen


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Julien Trekker
June 16, 2024  (5:41 PM)
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Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brad Treliving in a press conference.
Photo credit: Dan Hamilton / USA Today

The general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs has reportedly narrowed his focus to two free agent defensemen, two weeks before July 1.

Yesterday, we reported that Treliving would go after Brandon Montour, currently competing in the Stanley Cup Finals with the Florida Panthers:
"Maple Leafs expected to go after Brandon Montour in free agency"

However, another name is on Treliving's radar: Chris Tanev.

Brad Treliving to Focus on Brandon Montour and Chris Tanev in Free Agency


A report from Nick Kypreos suggested that both Montour and Tanev could be involved in the Leafs' plans:
"It's no secret the Leafs will be targeting Florida's Montour if the pending free agent remains unsigned after this Cup final. Chris Tanev is another name that never left Treliving's radar.

It's conceivable the Leafs could land both with a combined spend of $12 million to $13 million (U.S.) of the roughly $19 million in cap space that's available to them. How different would the Leafs' blue line look next season with top-four pairings of Montour/Jake McCabe and Morgan Rielly/Tanev?"

Tanev played a key role in the Stars' run to the Western Conference Finals. He was able to shut down the Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche in the playoffs, but he suffered a lower-body injury in the fourth game against the Edmonton Oilers, which limited his impact before his team's elimination.
Going after players who perform well in the playoffs is crucial for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Going after Montour and Tanev during free agency could help the Leafs achieve their ultimate goal of winning a Stanley Cup.
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