Alex Galchenyuk’s return to form could make it easier for Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, who feels the need to acquire a player by Monday’s National Hockey League (NHL) trade deadline is low.
The former Montreal Canadians player is currently playing alongside John Tavares and William Nylander and has regained his confidence with Marlis in the American League over a period of six games, having scored one goal and four points in nine games.
“The emergence of Galchenyuk with John and Williams, not only in terms of the fact that he has produced quite a bit, but also in terms of the intensity and efficiency with which he plays he brings it to the group, I think it definitely reduces the need,” Dubas told Athletic on Tuesday.
Maple Leafs currently tops the NHL North division with a 26-10-3 record of 55 points. Despite the good surprise that Galchenyuk is representing, they are looking for any option to solidify their position.
“If we can do what we think will work in the locker room and on the ice, we will openly explore it,” Dubas added.
So Dubas’ priority is to find the goal by the deadline. True, Frederick Anderson has been sidelined with a minor injury since March 19 and Jack Campbell has suffered several injuries throughout his career.
However, this season Campbell has a 9-0-0 record, 1.53 against the goal-average and a .944 save rate.
“Jack is clearly a great goalie and great to us. It’s a beautiful story. He’s a very hard working and talented person, putting everything together to make sure everyone is cheering him on with his character and teammate and person.”
If Michael Hutchinson wasn’t bad when called, a little help wouldn’t stop him. But other young goalkeepers, Joseph Wall, Ian Scott and Veene Wehwilainen were able to seize their chance.