Dreger – Via TSN.ca – LEAFS LOOK TO UPGRADE
There is little heavy-lifting required for the Toronto Maple Leafs to cut their roster down to 23 for next weeks season opener.
Nazem Kadri is expected to be placed on injured reserve which will allow Toronto to keep an extra body on the roster while he recovers from a knee strain.
The Leafs will keep eight defensemen, with Matt Lashoff likely the odd man out. Meanwhile, close tabs will be kept on both Keith Aulie and Jake Gardiner to ensure they can handle the load.
Aside from the few decisions remaining, Toronto is keenly interested in adding another top forward.
The Leafs lack experience up front and are in the market for a player with some size and a track record of making an impact.
The Leafs are willing to sacrifice two younger guys to make this deal happen, but see nothing imminent and predict such a player won’t spring free until at least November when teams have had a chance to assess their talent, or have stumbled out of the gate.
Toronto intends on being patient, but ready to make an upgrade when the right player comes along.