Toronto Maple Leafs: The Casualties of the Cap Crunch

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 9: Zach Hyman #11 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates with the puck against the Winnipeg Jets during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on March 9, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Jets defeated the Maple Leafs 4-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 9: Zach Hyman #11 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates with the puck against the Winnipeg Jets during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on March 9, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Jets defeated the Maple Leafs 4-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – MAY 10 : Jack Campbell #36 of the Toronto Maple Leafs   (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty images)
TORONTO, ON – MAY 10 : Jack Campbell #36 of the Toronto Maple Leafs   (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty images) /

Jack Campbell

With the Toronto Maple Leafs struggling in the back-up goaltender position, Kyle Dubas went out and completed one of his best trades.

In February 2020, Dubas acquired goaltender Jack Campbell, along with Kyle Clifford for Trevor Moore and a pair of third round draft picks.

Campbell was in the final year of a deal that paid him $675,000, but he had already signed a two-year extension with the Kings that carried a cap hit of $1.65 Million.

When he joined the Maple Leafs, Campbell finally gave the team a steady number two goalie as he posted a 2.63 GAA and .915 save percentage in his six appearances before COVID shutdown the season for months.

He got even better in 2020-21 and due to an injury to Frederik Andersen, Campbell was able to steal the number one spot and finished the season with a 17-3-2 record, posting a 2.15 GAA and .921 save percentage and started all seven playoff games.

Going into his final year of his two-year deal there was a lot of talk about an extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but it appeared that the asking price from Campbell’s side was too long and for too much money.

Campbell had a very hot start to the 2021-22 season, registering a 12-4-1 record with a 1.64 GAA and .946 save percentage over the first 18 games which help lead to an all-star appearance.

It was obvious he could not keep up with his hot start, but Campbell dropped off dramatically as after November Campbell posted a 3.22 GAA and .896 save percentage in the final 31 games.

Dubas could not justify matching or coming close to the five-year deal that carried a $5 Million cap hit that was being offered by the Edmonton Oilers, so the former 11th overall pick followed Hyman to Alberta.

Campbell had a rough start to his first season in Edmonton as he would eventually lost his starting role to rookie Stuart Skinner and finished the season with a 3.41 GAA and .888 save percentage.

This was a deal that the Toronto Maple Leafs were thankful they did not match.

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Overall, Kyle Dubas did quite well moving on from several of the players that the team could not bring back because of the salary cap.