Sportsnet: Frank Seravalli talking with Sportsnet’s Kevin Michie about the Toronto Maple Leafs and prospective defensemen targets.
** NHLRumors.com transcription
Michie: “Now Frank, you just recently blogged about 6 prospective blue line additions for Kyle Dubas and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Morgan Rielly, he’s out for a while. Who do you believe makes one of the most sense for the buds.
Seravalli: “Kevin, it’s the person right at the really leading of my list. And by the method, I composed that prior to Morgan Rielly went down with injury. This was returning to Jake Muzzin and his injury.
I believed with him possibly being out likely for the season, that they were still in a crunch then to include a defenseman and I believe the injury to Morgan Rielly just increases that requirement for the Toronto Maple Leafs. As presently made up even with Morgan Rielly healthy and on the blue line. Which they anticipate him back at some point most likely when the calendar kips down the New Year.
That they still require to pursue somebody which person for me, the very best well-rounded fit is John Klingberg from the Anaheim Ducks. You take a look at the various methods he can affect this Toronto group in the instant method. He can run the power play in location of Morgan Rielly.
He’s much better than a typical protector. He’s an excellent skater. He can eliminate plays at the blue line and he’s definitely not going to be phased by the forecheck, which I believe is something that the Leafs have actually fought with in the playoffs.
He’s most likely among the more costly acquisition expenses in the defensemen market, however somebody that I believe makes a lots of sense for this Leaf group moving on.