Toronto Maple Leafs: 20 Best NHL Players Without a No-Trade Clause

Deputy commissioner and chief legal officer of the NHL Bill Daly speaks at the podium during the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7 at Bridgestone Arena on June 29, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
Deputy commissioner and chief legal officer of the NHL Bill Daly speaks at the podium during the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7 at Bridgestone Arena on June 29, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks on from the ice after colliding with Sergei Bobrovsky  at FLA Live Arena on May 22, 2023 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

#16 – Sebastian Aho

There are somehow two players named Sebastian Aho in the NHL and they aren’t related. This one is the 25-year-old forward from Rauma, Finland. He plays for the Carolina Hurricanes, where he has spent all seven of his years in the NHL.

Aho is in the final year of his five-year contract. He is playing on a $8,460,250 cap hit. It doesn’t carry any clauses that restrict a trade. On Wednesday, he signed a massive extension. Aho will begin a new eight-year contract worth $78M in the 2024-25 season.

Last season, he put together a 67 point campaign. That came through 75 games of action where he scored 36 goals and 31 assists. In the playoffs, he played 15 games where he collected five goals and seven assists.

Aho is a two-time all-star whose play has been a big reason why the Hurricanes have been so successful in recent years. He is the franchise leader in playoff goals and is tied with Eric Staal for the most short handed goals.

#15 – Brady Tkachuk

Brady Tkachuk is the younger brother of 2023 Matthew Tkachuk and the son of Keith Tkachuk. At just 23-years-old, Brady has learned how to stir the pot and get opponents to feel uncomfortable just like Matthew does with the Florida Panthers.

Despite his age, the younger Tkachuk brother is the captain of the Ottawa Senators. He plays left wing for them.

If the Toronto Maple Leafs wanted to try and acquire Tkachuk, who was born in Auston Matthews’ hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona, they have a short amount of time to do it. Tkachuk has two seasons remaining before a no-move clause kicks into his contract. During that short window, Tkachuk will earn a base salary of $10.5M. His deal also carries a $8,205,714 AAV.