The 2013 off-season for the Toronto Maple Leafs was relatively quiet in terms of moves. Outside of the addition of David Clarkson and Dave Bolland and the buyouts of Mike Komisarek and Mikhail Grabovski, the summer months didn’t do much for the Leafs. The 2014 off-season could be much different.
Whether or not the Leafs make the playoffs, it looks like they’re will be no shortage of rumors or moves from the Leafs this off-season.
From the James Reimer situation to the Leaf numerous unrestricted free agents, the lineup that plays the first game of the 2014-15 season could be much different from the one that will play the last game of this season.
Reimer looks to be on his way out of Toronto with Jonathan Bernier proving to be the No. 1 goalie. While Reimer is only a restricted free agent, he will more than likely be traded, possibly at the draft.
The Leafs most pressing unrestricted free agents at this point are Bolland, Nikolai Kulemin, Mason Raymond and Jay McClement. Now, even with the salary cap going up, the Leafs will probably not be able to bring them all back.
After all that, there have been the trade rumors that surrounded Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner before the Trade Deadline. If the Leafs don’t make the playoffs, those rumors could very well start up again. Now, Gardiner has really improved his play since the deadline so maybe he won’t be moved but if the Leafs choose to trade Kadri, they might be able to keep Bolland.
This will be an interesting off-season for sure.