Amidst Ilya Samsonov’s struggles, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been exploring the goalie market. However, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman on the latest 32 Thoughts podcast, Toronto’s uninspired attempt to make a trade involved offering a late-round pick, potentially a sixth-rounder, in hopes of securing immediate assistance.

Unsurprisingly, other teams rejected the offer, expressing a desire for a more substantial return.

Brad Treliving Toronto Maple Leafs
Brad Treliving Toronto Maple Leafs

Friedman suggests that teams were looking for prospects, even for lower-tier goaltending options, rather than giving up solid goalies for what the Maple Leafs were proposing. This situation could indicate either the confidence these teams have in the demand for their goaltending assets is high or there was a misunderstanding by GM Brad Treliving about the market dynamics and the necessary value for acquiring a quality netminder.

It is not clear which teams Treliving was targeting or what goaltender he was kicking tires on.

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