While the Toronto Maple Leafs actually have a chance at making the playoffs for the first time since the lockout, it is quite evident that they definitely need to improve at certain positions to be in the playoffs, not just close.
This offseason, most Leaf fans' attention will be taken up by whether or not Brad Richards will sign with the Leafs. Don't get me wrong, I hope he becomes a Leaf, but all 30 teams have the same chance to sign him, and after Richards, there's not much in terms of forward help. Therefore, the Leafs will have to go the trade route.
The Leafs biggest needs right now are a number one center and a play-making defenseman to replace Tomas Kaberle.
While the Leafs now have at least a good list of center prospects in Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne, and Greg McKegg, they might not be impact players in the NHL for a couple of seasons. We need someone immediately that can play with Phil Kessel and give us a first line that actually have to prepare for. No offence to the line of Clarke MacArthur, Nikolai Kulemin, and Mikhail Grabovski, but they should never be listed as our first line.
Many have said that Carl Gunnarrsson is our long-term replacement for Kaberle. He very well could be, but he might not turn out that way. So, it would be best for them to acquire a play-making defenseman now that could either stay with us until Gunnarsson has a few more years experience or stay with them if Gunnarsson doesn't become the player we think he can be.
The following ten players could be targeted by the Leafs.