The Toronto Maple Leafs won a postseason round for the first time since 2004, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games in the first-round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs — but the season again ended in disappointment after the Leafs were beaten in five games by the Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. With Kyle Dubas gone and Brad Treliving in as GM of the team, the clock is ticking for this squad to have meaningful success in the playoffs.

With Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander and John Tavares all coming into the last one-to-two years of their respective contracts, there's probably only a few more chances to win before this core is blown up completely. But Treliving has had a great offseason so far, signing Tyler Bertuzzi and Max Domi to one-year deals, while adding some offense from the back end in John Klingberg.

The Leafs could still make another move or two on the trade market this summer as they approach one of the most important years in recent memory for the franchise. Here are three players that could help move the needle for the Stanley Cup starved Toronto Maple Leafs in 2023-24.


Adrian Kempe, Los Angeles Kings

If the Leafs do end up moving on from one of their core four, they will likely need to bring in a legitimate top-six winger as a replacement. With Pierre-Luc Dubois now in Los Angeles, and signed to an expensive deal, Adrian Kempe is an intriguing name that could be axed for cap space reasons.

Although Kempe isn't quite the player William Nylander is, he just put up a career-high 41 goals, and the left-shot winger has great speed and size. He could fit nicely in Toronto's top six, playing with either Matthews and Marner or Tavares; he would likely have a career year playing with any of those superstars.