I don't want to beat the dead horse by making another article listing what everyone else is already talking about. That is why I decided to think outside of the box and start looking at other logical options for the puck-moving defensemen to help the Leafs.
I have heard many arguments take place over who this defenseman should be and what qualities he should possess. So here is my opinion on what the Leafs need: a defenseman who can make quick and efficient outlet passes; a defenseman who can be the quarterback on their power play; but most importantly, a defenseman who has had a sufficient amount of NHL experience to not get overwhelmed and whose term is short enough to deal with.
I am a firm believer that the Leafs have something special brewing with both Jesse Blacker and Jake Gardiner. While neither of them are NHL-ready just yet, I see one or both of them being the Leafs power-play quarterback within the next two to three years. Until then, though, Burke must find someone else to take the reigns.
This list is compiled of the top free agents as well as possible D-men who could be traded. I ranked them by how likely I see them contributing well to the Leafs as well as by their contract value and length.