Maple Leafs linked to Stanley Cup champion Ross Colton on the trade market

Julien Trekker
June 21, 2024  (2:10 PM)

Colorado Avalanche forward Ross Colton in a game against the New Jersey Devils.
Photo credit: Isaiah J. Downing / USA Today

An analyst linked the Toronto Maple Leafs to Stanley Cup champion Ross Colton on the trade market.

Focusing on players who can take their game to the next level during the playoffs should be a priority for Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brad Treliving. After many disappointing playoff exits, the organization hopes to finally be able to reach the Stanley Cup Finals.
While the Leafs should prioritize filling the holes on the blue line, an interesting option has emerged to add some offensive depth to the lineup: Stanley Cup champion and Colorado Avalanche player Ross Colton.

Ross Colton gets linked to the Toronto Maple Leafs

First, the renowned insider Frank Seravalli revealed that the Colorado Avalanche are looking for cap flexibility, and could decide to trade away Colton, despite his reasonable $4M AAV contract with three seasons left:
"#GoAvsGo Ross Colton joins the latest Trade Targets board as Colorado looks for cap flexibility."

Then, The Athletic's Kevin Papetti believes the Toronto Maple Leafs could be interested in acquiring Colton:
"If Ross Colton gets traded, I could see the Leafs being interested"

Colton, 27, scored 40 points last season. The Maple Leafs should be interested in his penalty-killing talents and his physical game. In 270 career regular season games, he has landed 518 hits.
Treliving has enough trade assets to make a compelling offer to the Avalanche.
In the following proposal, Colton is sent to Toronto in return for Timothy Liljegren and a 3rd round pick:
"The Colorado Avalanche have reportedly put Ross Colton on the trade block.

He could be a perfect fit for the #LeafsForever

Would you trade Timothy Liljegren and a third round pick for Ross Colton?"

The 6-foot forward would be a great fit in Toronto, but it could mean sacrificing either Max Domi or Tyler Bertuzzi to free agency. Brad Treliving still has time to make decisions, but with only a week before the NHL draft, he could move anytime now.
Source: Maple Leafs Daily
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