Babcock sends a strong message to Leafs management ahead of trade deadline

The Leafs’ bench boss has spoken, now get to work!

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It’s no secret that Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello has been beating down doors in an effort to land another top six defenceman for his club. All season long the Leafs have been linked to any available blue liner in trade rumours whether it’s the Vancouver Canucks’ Erik Gudbranson, the Detroit Red Wings’ Mike Green or the Colorado Avalanche’s Tyson Barrie. So far, however, Lamoriello has been patient, waiting for the right deal to land on his lap. The emergence of rookie Travis Dermott in the past two weeks has settled things down a bit, but it’s still being speculated that Lamoriello would like to make a splash at this year’s NHL trade deadline.

So, what does his coach think? When asked about what his team needs for the stretch drive, Leafs head coach Mike Babcock was reticent to give up any information. 

Uh… but Babs, WE need to know! Reading between the lines a bit here, it looks like Babcock has an idea of what he believes his team needs in terms of roster additions. Without knowing what sort of discussions have transpired between Babcock and Lamoriello, we can only speculate as to what those needs are, however.

Another top six defence is one need, but how about a reliable 3rd line center? Babcock has rotated Dominic Moore in and out of the lineup and the Leafs could stand to make a move at that position, much like they did last season when they acquired veteran Brian Boyle from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

What happens to the Leafs’ roster between now and the deadline remains to be seen, but it’s clear that the team’s coach has a few targets in mind. Will he get his man? Time will tell.