Welcome to my new series ‘2022 Offseason Trade Targets’ where we’ll examine several teams the Toronto Maple Leafs could be interested in doing business with this summer. From minor moves to blockbuster deals, I’ll cover them all as we dive into some potential trade options for general manager (GM) Kyle Dubas.
The St. Louis Blues are today’s featured team as they are in the market for some help on the left side of their blue line. The Maple Leafs have Jake Muzzin and Rasmus Sandin who could be made available, so let’s see what kind of talent the Blues have to offer should either of these two defensemen be moved.
It would cost a pretty penny, but Robert Thomas would be worth every cent. The Blues forward is still only 23 years old and is coming into his own as one of the best playmakers in the game. Last season he finished with a career-high 77 points in 72 games, including 57 assists. He’s under contract for the 2022-23 season at $2.8 million and is set to become a restricted free agent next summer.
The Blues won’t have any interest in a deal from Toronto unless Rasmus Sandin, Nick Robertson and at least one other top prospect is included in the package. Dubas and company would have to overpay here and rightfully so, considering how talented Thomas’ game is and the high ceiling of potential. The Maple Leafs organization knows him well from his days in the Ontario Hockey League and if they’re going to sell some of the farm, it will be for a familiar face to upper management.