TRAIKOS: 10 burning questions heading into the NHL’s trade deadline

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Michael Traikos

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Apr 10, 2021  •  34 minutes ago  •  5 minute read  •  Join the conversation

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The NHL’s trade deadline arrives at 3 p.m. on Monday. And with four Canadian teams making the playoffs — and one of them guaranteed a spot in the conference final — it promises to be eventful.

Could we see a bidding war between Toronto and Winnipeg for a defenceman? Is Edmonton and Montreal really done adding? And do the non-playoff teams in Calgary, Vancouver and Ottawa have anything worth selling?

Who should the Maple Leafs target?

The Leafs made a small move on Friday by trading a conditional seventh-round pick to Columbus for fourth-line centre Riley Nash, who is out until at least the playoffs with a sprained knee. It was a move that took advantage of a salary cap loophole, potentially freeing up money for an even bigger move. Now, the question is whom the Leafs will use the money on? Hall and Columbus’ Nick Foligno are obvious targets, with the latter being a better fit in my opinion to handle what’s waiting around the corner in the playoffs. But the…

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