The day before the NHL Trading Deadline, Mark Giordano was transferred from the Seattle Kraken to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The 38-year-old was named the first captain in the history of the Seattle Kraken franchise, but after a disappointing season, reports indicate he has requested a transfer to a team that won the title. Stanley Cup champion. As a result, he was moved to his hometown of Toronto to try to win the championship with the Maple Leafs.
The official details of the transaction are yet to be announced at the time of this writing, but according to Darren Dreger of TSNmultiple draft related options.
WynnBET has kept the Maple Leafs odds to win the Stanley Cup steady at +1200 (bet $100 for a $1,200 profit), but this trade can be seen as the last piece the Leafs need to actually win the championship.
The Maple Leafs’ decline after the season in recent history is largely due to their defence. They have fared better this season, coming in 12th in terms of high-danger scoring, but this trade-off should strengthen their defence even more.
For Maple Leafs fans, as well as myself, this gives us a lot of hope. Is Giordano past his peak? Sure. Can he become a major boon for a Toronto team that has struggled defensively? 100%.
If the Leafs can break the curse of their first playoff loss, they could return to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1967. It’s time to plan the parade route.
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