Looking Down The Bench: Who Is Available?

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Looking Down The Bench: Who Is Available?
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We have all heard, read, and pondered about what avenue Burke might go in order to make a roster change. Although the route of dumping a player in the minors, or sitting them in the press-box may be a logical option, but that only solves the issue for the short term.

This team still needs some major solutions in order to correct this issue and get back on the right track.

Some may say that this year is over, and we should focus on the next where we can see upwards of seventeen players leave the team. However, this season is not over just yet, there is plenty of games to turn this around. Not in the sense of contending for the cup, but fighting to escape the bottom five of the draft.

After last night's shootout win versus the Capitals, the Leafs sit nine points back of eighth place. Despite that, the eighth spot is currently in a four-way tie (Tampa Bay, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders) with 23 points, while Boston is seventh with 24 points, and Ottawa and Philadelphia are tied for fifth with 25.

Is it impossible to make up ground? No. Is it logical to think this team can go on a winning streak with their season long struggles to pick up victories? No.

Back to the point. As we all know, Burke will be investigating trade options, so what team and who is out there that can make an impact on this team? As always, it's fun to speculate what we can do.

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