Brad Treliving, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, in a press conference.
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MAJOR: Friedman Reveals the Leafs Nearly Acquired One of the NHL's Hardest Hitters

Published March 11, 2024 at 12:48

The Maple Leafs' general manager, Brad Treliving, added a lot of toughness to the team's blue line at the trade deadline. With Joel Edmundson and Ilya Lyubushkin, it'll be significantly harder for their opponents to reach the net.

In a new report, we learned that a tough forward almost joined the Leafs at the deadline.

Brad Treliving Almost Got One of the NHL's Most Physical Player in Yakov Trenin

Elliotte Friedman said on 32 Thoughts that the Leafs showed interest in forward Yakov Trenin.

Trenin ended up in Colodaro, but could have been an interesting addition for the Leafs.

"Friedman on Trenin (32TP): "I think Trenin was on Toronto's radar, I think that was one of the teams that was looking at Trenin"

With 175 hits in 61 games this season with the Nashville Predators and the Colorado Avalanche, he holds the 19th rank in the whole NHL for most hits.

Interestingly, according to, Maple Leafs' Simon Benoit ranks 21st, with 174 hits in 49 games. Edmundson tallies 59 in 45 games, and Lyubushkin has landed 127 hits in 60 games.

Trenin could've been fun to watch for Leafs' fans, but they shouldn't be disappointed, as Treliving secured two physical players in Joel Edmundson and Ilya Lyubushkin.

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