5 Players the Toronto Maple Leafs Shouldn't Bring Back Next Season

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John Klingberg

John Klingberg was Treliving's big defense signing as the Leafs new GM last off-season. However, due to injuries, Klingberg only played in 14 games this season before being placed on long-term injury reserve (LTIR). He registered five assists in those 14 games with an average ice time of 20:33 minutes. (All stats from hockey-reference.com)

High hopes were coming into the season that Klingberg would provide more offense from the Leafs defense.

However, things didn't work out, and I think the Leafs should move on. Klingberg was signed by Treliving for $4.1 million on a one-year deal. His contract has been more useful as LTIR cap relief than anything else. (Salary cap info from capfriendly.com)

The Leafs need to add a top-two defensive defenseman who can partner with Morgan Rielly. It should be their top priority this off-season.

I understand why Treliving signed Klingberg, but it didn't work out. He can't afford to have a miss like that again this year. Spend the money and get the guy we need.

Treliving and the Leafs were late to the Klingberg party. His best days are clearly behind him. Hopefully, the Leafs can find a younger defenseman with more upside to his game.

A defenseman who plays well in his zone and can make a good first pass to help the Leafs transition game would benefit the Leafs the best. Klingberg isn't that guy, so I don't think the Leafs should try to re-sign him.