What moves should the Toronto Maple Leafs make?

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HOCKEY GM ADVICE

The Maple Leafs came into this season as a favourite to win the Stanley Cup after acquiring superstar John Tavares via Free Agency, giving the Leafs arguably the best depth at center in the league with Matthews, Tavares, Kadri. But there is still questions about the teams defence and if it can stand up well enough in the playoffs to go all the way.

We saw with the Golden Knights last year that it does not take a superstar back end to make it to the cup finals, but it certainly does help!

Currently the leafs roster looks like this:

Photo from: https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/teams/toronto-maple-leafs/line-combinations/

Photo from: https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/teams/toronto-maple-leafs/line-combinations/

With injuries to Ennis, Gardiner & Johnsson.

Adding them to the lineup it would look like:

Hyman - Tavares - Marner

Marleau - Matthews - Kapanen

Johnsson - Kadri - Nylander

Lindholm - Gauthier - Brown

Rielly - Hainsey

Gardiner - Zaitsev

Dermott - Ozhiganov

So now lets get to where they should add.

First off, the Leafs are making a trade with the St. Louis Blues. Long holdout RFA William Nylander signed a contract that in his 20 games since returning, he has not lived up to, with only 4 points. The Leafs will be sending him to the Blues. While many will think the return will be Alex Pietreangelo, and that would be the move that helps the team immediately, it does not in the long-term if they intend on keeping him as Pietreangelo is only signed for one more season after this year and he will be demanding a contract of 8+ Mil per season, which will put the Leafs back in cap hell. So who i believe they should receive in return is Colton Parayko who is a great two-way defenceman and has a cannon of a shot, who is capable of 10+ goals per season. Parayko is signed to a friendly 5.5 mil cap hit contract for an additional 3 years after this season and would be a great addition for the Leafs. A one-for-one hockey trade gets this done. Freeing up 1.4 Mil in cap space for the Leafs next season.

Next trade I believe they should make is with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Leafs trade defencemen Nikita Zaitsev to the Flyers for defencemen Radko Gudas. People may be a bit confused with this trade and no it is not a Peter Chiraelli trade, the purpose of this trade is to add some strength to a relatively small lineup for the playoffs. Also this frees up an additional 1.15Mil in cap hit for next season, giving an additional 2.55Mil to use to resign Matthews, Marner & Gardiner.

Leaving the Leafs lineup looking like:

Hyman - Tavares - Marner

Marleau - Matthews - Kapanen

Johnsson - Kadri - Brown

Lindholm - Gauthier - Ennis

Rielly - Hainsey

Gardiner - Parayko

Dermott - Ozhiganov/Gudas

What do you guys think?