NHL Rumors: Atlantic Club Targeted Yakov Trenin

The 2024 NHL Trade Deadline saw many players find new homes. One of them was gritty forward Yakov Trenin, as he was moved to the Colorado Avalanche from the Nashville Predators.

While Trenin ended up being traded to the Avalanche, they were not the only team that had him on their radar. According to NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, the Toronto Maple Leafs were also believed to be in on Trenin last week. 

Hearing that the Maple Leafs were interested in Trenin is not surprising in the slightest. It is clear that one of their goals before the trade deadline passed was to add more grit to their bottom six, as they acquired Connor Dewar from the Minnesota Wild. However, bringing in Trenin would have also given them more of that.

Trenin, 27, has appeared in 61 games this season, where he has 10 goals, 14 points, 38 penalty minutes, and 175 hits. Overall, he is a solid bottom-six forward who chips in occasionally offensively and is also quite impactful with his physicality.

Nevertheless, Trenin should be a good addition to the Avalanche as they enter the final portion of the season and during the playoffs. It is clear that the Maple Leafs could certainly have used another player like him, though.

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