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Maple Leafs trade for Brian Boyle

Brian Boyle, new Maple Leaf. Sarah A. via Flickr

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Byron Froese and a 2017 second-round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Brian Boyle.

Boyle is a piece that the Maple Leafs have been missing. With the Lightning, he saw 100 Stanley Cup Playoff games. This gives the rookie-filled group an experienced center up-front.

Though much excitement rests with this trade for fans in Toronto, Boyle is in his last year of a three-year contract. He will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

However, we have to look at this trade from the Leafs stand-point. If Boyle is to go on the market during the offseason, it will not bite the Leafs in the end. This trade gives a young team some experience and gives the youth someone to look up to for guidance. A Leafs team that could see a playoff run this year needs a player who has been there as often as he has.

Boyle will help this young team stay on track and will keep a steady mindset in the locker-room.

However, the question on the blue line in Toronto remains up in the air. Will the Leafs look for a piece on the blue line to work with the youth on defense? Who will they look to if so? With the trade deadline being March 1, there is not much time left to decide.

Boyle looks to be ready and in the Leafs lineup for their away game on Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks.

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