The Toronto Maple Leafs, despite their current playoff position, will likely need to make a trade to add some depth to the roster this season.
That’s the conclusion of two sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Both sources emphasized that the Leafs have not made any moves in the past 24 hours and that they will not have a major overhaul in the coming days, barring a significant change of heart.
The source said the Leafs are still in the midst of trying to decide which players to acquire, but that it appears that they are not going to pursue the trade for centre Tyler Bozak.
Toronto is in desperate need of a left-handed shot to bolster its offensive depth and play a big role in the team winning a Stanley Cup in 2017.
That would require a veteran centre who can play alongside Bozkis offensive skill set.
Toronto has been linked to a number of free-agent centres over the past few weeks, including Daniel Winnik of the Minnesota Wild, who had a $7-million, two-year deal with the Toronto Maple Maple Leafs on Thursday.
The Maple Leafs also reportedly had talks with veteran winger Andrew Ference and veteran centre David Clarkson.
In addition, there has been talk of the Leafs potentially acquiring goaltender Frederik Andersen, who was traded to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.
Andersen, 28, has a .918 save percentage and two shutouts in 12 games for the Kings this season, but Toronto’s depth at the position could be an issue.
Toronto also is reportedly interested in adding some defencemen, particularly the likes of Mike Komisarek and Nikita Soshnikov.
Toronto could also use some help at defence, especially in goal, with Connor Brown out for the season and Connor Carrick recovering from a fractured finger.
That leaves the Leafs in need of more help in net.
As it stands, Toronto has only two defencemen who can step in at both ends of the rink for the team, but the team could use some more help on defence if it decides to move some of its young forwards.
Toronto’s next step would be to assess any potential deals that it makes.
The Maple Leafs have already begun making inquiries about defenceman Alex Killorn, but no deal has been made public.
Toronto General Manager Dave Nonis has made no secret of the fact that he is not willing to deal Bozks contract, but if he does decide to make any moves to fill the void at the top of the lineup, it’s unlikely that Toronto will pursue any of those moves.
The Toronto Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Company has a number, including one source who believes that Toronto has reached out to two other teams about bringing in a centre.
The source said that there is still time to find a trade partner for Bozaks contract, if the Leafs do not make another move by the end of this week.