Under the leadership of Kyle Dubas, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ roster is likely to always remain a work in progress.
There will always be a market inefficiency to tap into; a weakness to address; a missing piece to acquire. It’s the natural path for a forward-thinking team. Operating within a league that requires constant ascension, Dubas is a GM who rarely finds happiness in the concept of “good enough”. And, at the moment, that’s more or less what these Leafs project to be.
Could another dip into the free agent pool be enough to change that? Good question! Let’s take a quick look through the remainder of the 2019 UFA class and find out.
Age (as of October 2nd, 2019): 34
2018-19 Cap Hit: $7,000,000
2019-19 Statline: 1 goal, 5 assists for 6 points in 67 games
Nope. Absolutely not. Not even if there’s a FIRE.
Dion Phaneuf is not a good enough defenceman to contribute at the NHL level – at least, not anymore. Even when ignoring the age factor (Phaneuf is set to turn 35 in April) the former and most recent Leaf captain is also coming off a season in which he watched a good chunk of his games …
Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation