Toronto Maple Leafs: Buy or Sell at the Trade Deadline?

January 13th, 2011 by Lukas Hardonk Leave a reply »
The National Hockey League's trade deadline is just eight weeks away, meaning it's time to start looking at which teams will be buyers and which teams will be sellers.

Generally, any team below 11th in their conference enters trade deadline day as what people would call a seller. That is a team who is more interested in trading away their top assets in exchange for draft picks and prospects rather than be a team that acquires assets to help mount a playoff run.

Going into the 2010-2011 season, the Toronto Maple Leafs had high expectations. Many players, fans and members of the media thought the Maple Leafs finally had what it takes to make the playoffs: confidence, offensive ability (which they still lacked somewhat), grit, defence and goaltending.

After a hot start to the season, it turned out that the Maple Leafs didn't have what it takes to remain a good team. Whether they can make the playoffs or not has yet to be seen, although it looks very unlikely at this point.

However, the Maple Leafs have won five of their last six games, five straight road games, four straight games overall, and are starting to ...

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