What the Maple Leafs Want and What They Might Have to Settle for at This Year’s Trade Deadline

Rumour season is upon us, so just a friendly reminder to look for the verification checkmark and double-check profiles before sharing the latest spoof post. But with it comes lots of speculation and anticipation for the March 21st trade deadline. Chris Johnston shared some insight this week on what the Maple Leafs may want to do, but also what they might have to settle for at this year’s trade deadline.
The first time was on TSN’s insider trading earlier in the week, where he said the Maple Leafs would prefer to acquire players at this year’s deadline with term remaining on their contracts. I don’t know how they would pull it off, but you have my attention, Mr. Johnston. The Leafs already need to move money off the roster to acquire anyone of note for this season. The 2022 offseason will be challenging. Jack Campbell, Ilya Mikheyev, and Jason Spezza will be UFAs, while Ondrej Kase, Pierre Engvall, Rasmus Sandin, and Timothy Liljegren will be RFAs. The salary cap should increase from $81.5M to 82.5M. Phil Kessel’s $1.2M in retained salary is also finally coming off the books. But almost all of that will be eaten up by Morgan Rielly’s new contract extens …

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Author: Stephen Brown / The Leafs Nation

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