Well, a month into the Toronto Maple Leafs’ off-season and things are starting to get exciting.
Of course it all started with the news that Randy Carlyle will indeed return next year as the head coach of the Leafs. All of his assistant coaches were fired so there should be a little bit of a style change next season.
This all makes trades and other roster moves far more likely. Darren Dreger posted a series of tweets connecting the two pieces of news.
So, from that we can gather that if the Leafs do struggle through this season, Carlyle isn’t necessarily safe.
When it comes to the trade market, Dreger mentions some of the names we’ve been hearing since the season ended. It seems that at least one of Nazem Kadri or Jake Gardiner will not be back with the Leafs next season.
Dave Bolland and Nikolai Kulemin are set to be unrestricted free agents on July 1. Teams that would like to sign them could give up a draft pick or a prospect in order to get some extra negotiating time with them.
Other players that might be on the trading block include Cody Franson, Mason Raymond and James Reimer. If the Leafs choose to trade some of their to-be free agents, they could boost their number of picks in this years draft. Seeing as that the Leafs don’t have a second-round pick this year, hopefully another one would come the Leafs way.
Dreger mentions the Leafs focusing on their blueline. That’s good, because as we all know, the defense was one of the biggest problems the Leafs had this season. I would expect a good amount of turnover on the Leafs blueline.
With Carlyle retained, what is the next big piece of news we will hear from the Toronto Maple Leafs? Hopefully, we’ll find out soon.
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