Leafs reportedly scouring the trade market, offering up young defender to improve their team

Published February 12, 2022 at 11:51

According to a report from The Fourth Period's David Pagnotta on Saturday, the Toronto Maple Leafs are hard at work in the trade market, trying to find a way to shore up their top-4.

The Leafs were originally believed to be interested in using one of Timothy Liljegren or Rasmus Sandin as trade bait in a deal to bolster the right side in their top-4, but per Pagnotta's report, they would rather deal 25-year-old Travis Dermott.

Dermott is a cost-certain two-way defenseman who earns just $1.5M this season and next. He's a good skater who plays well in transition and has a physical element to his game that teams will undoubtedly enjoy.

Unfortunately for Dermott, who was originally viewed as a potential top-4 defender for the Leafs, he has been surpassed by both Liljegren and Sandin on the depth chart, making him expendable.

Some names that the Leafs were rumoured to have been linked to are Josh Manson (Anaheim), Ben Chiarot (Montreal) and Calvin de Haan (Chicago.

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