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5 steps Toronto should take ahead of time

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February 24, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe during the post-match press conference following the win over Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Arena. Required credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA Sports TODAY

The Maple Leafs have had a stellar season but can they make it to the knockout stages? Here are 5 moves to ensure a successful playoff.

The Leafs haven’t made it to the second round since 2004 and the team looks poised to end that streak this year. Young stars Mitch Marner and Auston Mathews are ready to bring the championship to Toronto but they will need some help against some powerhouses in the east.

Consistency will be important for Toronto, who finished third in the Atlantic Division. It was important for the team to get attention ahead of time to bolster this impressive roster.

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5. Mark Giordano – Defenseman, Seattle Kraken

Mark Giordano is an ideal fit as a rental guard for the Toronto Maple Leafs. 38 years has ended a hugely successful season for the team he is playing for and will make an immediate impact on the Leafs. Giordano is catching on to put together his best attack season since 2019 and his most material season since 2018.

Giordano is also an impressive saver with 91 saves in just 48 games. The longtime Calgary defender is a very technical defender who can control the shot and kick off Toronto specials teams. The asking price will be high but nowhere near that of other popular targets like Klingberg or Chiarot.

https://fansided.com/2022/02/25/5-trades-maple-leafs-make-deadline/ 5 steps Toronto should take ahead of time

John Verrall

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