There were many trades that occurred during the NHL Trade Deadline. Some teams want to get value for players they barley use and others want to bolster their team in the fight for a playoffs spot. In this trade it is between both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nashville Predators involving Alex Biega.
Toronto Maple Leafs Acquire: Future Considerations
Nashville Predators Acquire: D Alex Biega
Toronto Maple Leafs Side
This one is an easy one to read. The Maple Leafs realize that Alex Biega is not the best player that will help contribute in the playoffs. Biega is 33 years old and past his prime, so he is not going to be a part of the team for the long term. In fact, Biega has mainly been a part of the Maple Leafs in there AHL squad this season. Why not trade him to get future considerations (Whatever it will be) and save 750 thousand in salary cap by trading him.
Nashville Predators Side
The Predators are in the hunt to keep their spot in the playoffs. In order for them to do that the Nashville Predators must bolster their team. Especially on defense as Biega could be a solid plug in option if injuries were to occur. Worse for worse he can be useful in the AHL to help the prospects grow with his experience in the locker room.
Grades for Alex Biega Trade
Toronto Maple Leafs: B+
Nashville Predators: B
A win-win deal for both teams but I am giving advantage to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Especially as the Maple Leafs get value for a player they were barely using, got extra cap space, and freed up a roster spot. The Predators don’t loose in the deal as they bolster the depth on defense for the playoffs, get a gritty player, and did not sacrifice much in order to acquire him. Overall solid move by Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas and Nashville Predators GM David Poile.