NHL Rumors: 2 Maple Leafs Expected To Be Moved Before Trade Deadline

The NHL trade deadline is March 21 and there's a number of teams engaged in discussions including the Toronto Maple Leafs. General manager Kyle Dubas will do whatever he can to upgrade his roster for the postseason and there's a couple of current players who could be on the way out because of it.

2 Maple Leafs Expected to Move

Justin Holl, RHD: Holl has been the newest poster boy for Leafs Nation who love to throw shade and the defenseman has certainly received the most trade buzz of any Leaf this season. Reports surfaced in November Toronto was open to moving Holl but nothing has materialized since. So far in 29 games, the 29-year-old has recorded just three points and is on the books for $2 million this season and next. It hasn't quite worked out for the Minnesota native on the second defense pair with Jake Muzzin this season and Toronto will likely try to bring someone in who has more sandpaper and a wealth of playoff experience. While Zach Bogosian or Radko Gudas won't be available, this is the type of defenseman the Maple Leafs would love to add. 

Pierre Engvall, LW: While Nick Ritchie could be named here as well, the facts are there will be more interest in Engvall as he's younger, cheaper and more productive. The 25-year-old makes $1.25 million on the salary cap and so far this season he's mostly played on the third line when he's been healthy. The 6-foot-5 Swede has recorded 12 points in 33 games and is a pending restricted free agent after this season. Engvall's versatility to play down the middle and on the wing makes him an attractive piece. It's likely he gets packaged along with Holl to sweeten the pot for other teams. The Leafs will be busy before the trade deadline and these two players are expected to be involved.

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