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s15 - Which Are The Best Moves? [WB9]

2020-06-29

For the first time in GM Constable's reign at the helm of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the trade deadline came and went with the team making no moves at the trade deadline. The phones were quiet this year and the team didn't do anything to make them louder. Toronto didn't put out any names in to the trade bait universe and no teams came calling for what they did have. On the trade bait wire there were a lot of names around the league, but GM Constable didn't make any moves for a couple of reasons.

First off, many of the players that were being shopped came with a salary above what the Leafs were able to afford, which is not much. While attempting to keep 3 players eating popcorn at the VHL level so no players could be accidentally called up by the sim, the team is running very close to the cap. Extremely close actually (within 700k). Therefore the team didn't see any fits financially. In fact it seemed to the Leafs GM that  most players being shopped were being shopped to drop dead salary.

Secondly, the Leafs made a number of moves in the offseason to set themselves up for the regular season. The team has not faced major injury troubles, so Constable felt as confident as he could that they had the players he wanted moving into the playoffs this year. The team added a couple of veteran players in offseason deals that have really helped some of the younger players grow this year. 

Finally, the ask for any help that wouldn't put the team into cap hell would take away greatly from the long term goal of the team. THe Leafs believe they have agood team this year, but are not a top 4 team yet. a move that would close the gap a little would have crippled the teams chances of being that top 4 team for a 5year window int he near future that they believe they have a very strong chance of becoming if they just stay the course. 

Should they have made some moves? Well, since the deadline the team has dropped well of the pace of the division lead they had at the time and has lost 5 straight. So quite possibly. But they are stuck with what they have now and the team and coach will have to play the hand they have been dealt and turn it around before they head into the playoffs. THe first said playoffs this team will have seen in over a decade.

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