Why would you trade Matthews? That would be terrible. They haven’t traded anyone, and until they do and somehow take no salary back while also getting an impact D, they are not better off in a cup run. The Leafs would be kissing away their chances the second they did that, Tavares is in the downswing at the moment, and they’d be trading away a 22 year old top 3 center in the league, who is likely the best goal scorer in the league for the next half a decade. It would be like the Sens trading Karlsson away in 2011 because we signed Brent Seabrook. The Leafs desperately needed D, and were stocked on offense. They had a lot of cap to acquire one, and threw that on a very good player, who doesn’t move the needle for the Leafs. They are probably in the bottom 2-3 teams in the league with improvement from a guy like Tavares. The Rangers signed Panarin because of their lack of high end scorers. He fits them like a glove and helps them immensely. Tavares slots in as the #3 offensive forward on their team, and possibly #4 moving forward. That’s a luxury, and something you shouldn’t spend 11 million on, especially when your defence is laughably bad and soft. Tavares helps the Leafs, no doubt, but he’s making an already potent offense more potent, and that’s it. There is no other improvement whatsoever, and that’s the area they needed improvement the least, by a huge margin.