#5 Calvin De Haan
Born: Carp, Ontario
Expiring Contract: $4.55 million AAV
Calvin de Haan is a player I’d really like to see in a Toronto Maple Leafs uniform. He’s a great skating puck moving defenseman who hits and blocks a lot of shots. He plays both sides, and I could see him as a great defensive partner to back up Morgan Rielly.
He’s a former first round pick, but recently his abilities haven’t been able to shine through on a terrible Chicago Blackhawks team. As a result, his market value may have declined to the point where he ends up signing a team-friendly deal.
Carp, Ontario is just outside of Ottawa, so if he’s looking to play for his hometown, he may be more apt to play for the Senators. However, Toronto is definitely a more competitive team right now, and Ottawa is just a few hours away.
For Calvin De Haan to find a spot on the Toronto Maple Leafs, someone with salary would likely have to leave their defense core like Jake Muzzin (who has a no trade clause) or perhaps Justin Holl and another player.