To sign or not to sign: Clifford, the big red question mark

It seems like a month ago, but it was actually only five days ago that we started discussing whether or not bringing back Denis Malgin next season would be a good idea for the Leafs. Since that time he’s been rumoured to be returning to Switzerland next season, and I wonder if that will be a growing trend among borderline NHLers from outside North America.
Malgin is a restricted free agent, so today we’re going to switch things up and take a look at an unrestricted free agent and see if he’ll be part of the long term plans for the Leafs, and that’s Kyle Clifford.
Clifford was long rumoured to the Leafs because of his connection to Kyle Dubas. Throw in his friendship with Jake Muzzin, and the team’s desire for more veteran leadership and physical play, and the intangible case for Kyle Clifford seems to be pretty apparent. His $1.6M cap hit from his previous contract might however price him out of Toronto’s consideration, as that’s a little rich for a fourth line forward a team that has already dumped so much money into …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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