NHL Trade Speculation: 5 Trades That Could Improve the Toronto Maple Leafs

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NHL Trade Speculation: 5 Trades That Could Improve the Toronto Maple Leafs
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a position that they have not been in for quite a long time: vying for a playoff spot.

Since a great start to the season, the Leafs have fallen into inconsistency at times and are now on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs. Not by much, but it is very important that the Leafs don't go on a losing streak at this point of the season.

So what are the Leafs to do?

It being January, Leaf fans are expecting a big trade. The past two years, Brian Burke has brought in Dion Phaneuf, Keith Aulie, Joffrey Lupul and Jake Gardiner. If Brian Burke can make another trade like that this month, Leaf fans will be ecstatic.

There have been many rumors flying around several players that could be heading to Toronto soon, but one has to remember that the trades that brought the Leafs those players came out of nowhere and that will most likely be the case this year as well.

While Burke is probably thinking differently, here are the trades that I think would give the Leafs a much more significant shot at making the playoffs.

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