Dec 1, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs
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I would not trade for a RD but try to sign a free agent to a reasonable deal. Some of free agents available (that will not be crazy cap so no Alex Pietrangelo) at this point are: Sami Vatenan, Christopher Tanev, Travis Hamonic, Justin Braun, Radko Gudas, Mark Pysyk, Troy Stecher, Ryan Polock, Trevor Van Riemsdyk .
Another option see if Dermott can move to the right side of Reilly. Dermott is still getting better and in my opinion is a very similar player as far as his play as Muzzin. If he can make the move to right side it may just work. Hainsey was a left shot playing RD for most of his career. Then we have Reilly/Dermott, Muzzin/Holl, Sandin/Liljgren (or sign a bottom four RD instead of Lilijgen), Marincin as the 7th. I don't think that will be as bad as everyone thinks.
The whole team still has to mature into playing a better overall defensive game. That comes with experience as they age and play more games. If they need more cap space they trade Kapanen or Johnsson for picks/prospects. Hymen should not be traded - he is to valuable.