Kyle Dubas isn’t leaving the Maple Leafs’ playoff hopes to chance.
In a busy 72 hours leading up to Monday’s NHL trade deadline, Toronto’s general manager added six players to the Leafs’ ranks, while only giving up Alexander Barabanov from the active roster.
The rest Dubas got done with draft picks, trading away six in total to leave Toronto with only six selections remaining in the 2021 and 2022 entry drafts.
Building for the future isn’t where the Leafs are at this season though. They are looking to win now. Each of Dubas’ moves was designed to help them get there.
“The group of players and coaches deserved every effort [from] management to bolster the team,” Dubas told reporters on a Zoom call Monday. “One of the major things that we [wanted] was to get through the deadline with the group intact. It's one of the tightest knit groups we've had and the spirit and the vibe of the team is very good. We were excited to, we believe, add the pieces that will continue to enhance our ability to be as competitive as possible as we go into the playoffs.”
Dubas kicked things off Friday with a small trade, bringing in Riley Nash from Columbus for a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2021. Nash is out 4-to-6 weeks with a knee injury and should be back for the postseason.