Grades for Each of the Toronto Maple Leafs Free-Agency Moves

May 25, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Chris Tanev (3) in action during the game between the Dallas Stars and the Edmonton Oilers in game two of the Western Conference Final of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
May 25, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Chris Tanev (3) in action during the game between the Dallas Stars and the Edmonton Oilers in game two of the Western Conference Final of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Not Re-Signing Lyubushkin and Edmundson

These two guys combined to get nearly $8 million and while I don't love the things the Leafs did, I very much love that they let these two walk.

Paying all those draft picks just to prevent themselves from scoring goals turned out to be a very bad decision by Brad Treliving, but he makes up for it by not doubling down.

Trelving does seem like the kind of guy who is good at identifying his mistakes and moving on. I like that.

I love that these guys aren't coming back. Not only that, but the Leafs didn't get David Perron, James Riemer or Jake DeBrusk.

All good moves by virtue of not being moves at all.

For not re-upping Lyubushkin and Edmudson, I give them an

A+

Signing Jani Hakanpaa

I don't know why teams continue to overpay for replacement players, especially ones who are 32 and so injured they may never play again. This is a bad move no matter how you shake it.

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