Now that the NHL is down to their final four teams in the playoffs, the other 28 teams are deciding on what to do next. The Toronto Maple Leafs have some tough decisions to make regarding their roster for next season.
Like every off-season in Toronto, rumors and speculation begin to grow. The Toronto Maple Leafs have several free agents to deal with this summer and not much cap space to re-sign everyone.
While many fans hate to see certain players leave, they must understand that the NHL is a business.
Toronto general manager Kyle Dubas shouldn’t have trouble re-signing young RFA defensemen Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren. After those two, things start to get tricky for the Maple Leafs GM.
According to capfriendly.com, Toronto has $7.8 million in available cap space.
Both Sandin and Liljegren could earn between $1.5 million – $2 million on their new contracts. That will leave Dubas with around $3.8 million – $4.8 million to fill out the rest of his roster. That doesn’t leave much wiggle room, however, the team can move players out, some of which should be fairly easy to do.
Toronto Maple Leafs Rumor Mill
These are the most recent rumors surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs. Until the draft is over and free agency begins, the rumors will only intensify.
According to Jonas Siegel of the Athletic, Jack Campbell and his agent are seeking around $5 million on a four-year contract. That is simply a number that Toronto can not work with under their cap. If Dubas can’t convince them to lower the asking price, he will look elsewhere for a goaltender.
Possible teams that could be interested in Campbell are suggested to be Washington, Edmonton, Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo, New Jersey and possibly Colorado if they lose Darcy Kuemper in free agency.
The 2021-22 season was a good year for Ilya Mikheyev as he recorded 21 goals and 11 assists for 32 points in 53 games. The estimated amount that Mikheyev is seeking is between $3 million – $4 million. He also wants to find a team that sees him as a top-six forward. If Toronto only sees him as a third-line player who can also help on the penalty kill, he won’t re-sign.
(Stats from hockey-reference.com)
According to James Mirtle at the Athletic, Toronto wants no part of Petr Mrazek. The Toronto Maple Leafs will be shopping the goaltender this off-season. With his cap hit at $3.8 million, Dubas understands that some salary retention might have to happen. If a trade partner can not be found, Toronto may use a buyout as a last resort.
Teams with at least some interest in Mrazek are Buffalo, Arizona, Detroit, New Jersey, and Chicago. If any of them are willing to take Mrazek’s entire $3.8 million cap off of Toronto’s hands, he is as good as gone.
It will be a busy summer for Kyle Dubas and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The most significant change the team might see this summer is in their net. Who will be Toronto’s starting goaltender next season? That remains a complete unknown right now.