NHL Rumors: Leafs Could Look To Add To "Physical Scare" To Their Defense

According to Terry Koshan, a columnist for the Toronto Sun, there is a growing consensus that the Toronto Maple Leafs may need to bolster their defensive lineup to become serious contenders for the Stanley Cup.

Koshan's concern centers around the perceived lack of physicality in the team's current group of defensemen, which may not be enough to intimidate opposing teams.

Koshan speculates that Maple Leafs' General Manager Brad Treliving could have ongoing work ahead of him to shape a more formidable defense that can compete at the highest level.

He believes that Treliving may have opportunities to make adjustments to the defensive roster as the season progresses, potentially exploring trade options before the March trade deadline.

Some free agent defensemen remaining include Oscar Klefbom, Jake Gardiner, John Moore, and Patrik Nemeth, among others.

This indicates that the Maple Leafs could be actively seeking ways to enhance their defensive capabilities and address any shortcomings in their current defensive lineup.

The common theme in Koshan's analysis is the importance of strengthening the Maple Leafs' defense, both in terms of physical presence and overall performance, to increase their chances of contending for the Stanley Cup. Photo Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports