Don Cherry's Insight: Which Core Four Member of the Maple Leafs Should Be Traded?

Published May 16, 2023 at 10:31 PM
BY T. TADI
     
The Toronto Maple Leafs have faced a series of disappointments over the past five years. Despite high expectations, the team managed only one playoff series win and a single victory in the second round during this period. This has led many to believe that a significant shake-up is needed within the Leafs.

Don Cherry gives his input



Among those expressing this viewpoint is Don Cherry, former host of Hockey Night In Canada. Known for his flamboyant suits and traditional hockey perspectives, Cherry has never shied away from voicing his opinions.

Trade rumours have swirled around the Maple Leafs' core four—Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares, and William Nylander—for several years now. Cherry recently weighed in on which of these key players should be traded.


"I would bring them all back. You don't blow up a team that had a 50-win, 111-point season. You just make sure you have a team that is ready to win in the playoffs because the regular season means nothing." -Don Cherry

Cherry seems to advocate a pragmatic approach for the Leafs. He suggests they maintain their core team, believing they will find their footing in the coming season. However, the reality may not be as simple.

The Leafs are grappling with limited cap space, which complicates their roster decisions. The need to free up cap space and build a more balanced team has intensified the rumours about moving one member of the core four.
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