Maple Leafs Rumors: Kraken Defenseman On Radar As Trade Target

The Seattle Kraken sit 12th place in the Western Conference and are three games under .500. There are a lot of teams in their way and they don't have any superstars or as strong of a team as last season to pull themselves into a playoff spot. This continues to lead to trade talk surrounding them as Brian Dumoulin is the latest to have his name circulated.

The acquisition of Tomas Tatar means the team isn't ready to give up just yet, but it is a matter of time until they call it if the losing continues and they don't make up any ground. As defensemen are a hot commodity on the trade market, Dumoulin, who has one more year on his contract after this, will be valued a little higher than rentals. This is in favour of the Kraken as they should have a want to free up space for Ryker Evans in the lineup. Both he and Dumoulin are left defenseman, so it is a matter of time.

David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period reported that the Toronto Maple Leafs could take a look at Dumoulin to improve their defense. Right now, injuries have gotten to the Maple Leafs with Mark Giordano and John Klingberg out of the lineup. For the most part, William Lagesson, Simon Benoit, and Conor Timmins have filled in and done a decent job. But the Maple Leafs need more than decent and they need sustainable players in the playoffs. Dumoulin has been there before and performed well. As a left-shot defenseman, there is a spot for him on the second or third pairing now and through next season.

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