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All Possible Players The Leafs Can Target

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Initial Creation Date: Nov. 13, 2021
Published: Nov. 13, 2021
Team: 2021-22 Toronto Maple Leafs
Team Explanation
To find upgrades, Leafs are going to need to move out salary. You can get rid of Ritchie & one of Holl/Dermott which clears 4 million, also could ship out Engvall when Mikheyev is healthy. So that’s 5 million.
Trades
1.
TOR
    Dylan Strome

    *Strome has fallen out of favor inn Chicago, but has proven to be productive in the past. From 2018-20, he had 2.5 points per 60 at 5v5 when playing alongside Kane & DeBrincat. Last season, he scored at a 4.76 points per 60 rate in 126 minutes alongside Kubalik & Kurashev. I think he could provide some depth scoring alongside Spezza to start, plus wouldn't be expensive.
    CHI
      Denis Malgin / Joe Miller
      2.
      TOR
        Evgeni Malkin (50% Retained Salary)

        *If PIT is out of the playoff picture by playoffs, Geno is one of the more expensive rentals I could see TOR targeting. Amongst active players, he is 3rd in playoff points per game and has led the playoffs in scoring twice. He still played very well in last year's series.
        PIT
          Alex Kerfoot
          Topi Niemela
          2022 1st Round Pick
          3.
          TOR
            Alexis Lafreniere

            *This is a lot to give up for an unproven player but I truly believe that under a good player development coach like Keefe, Lafreniere would be successful. He would be given more opportunities to utilize his strengths such as forechecking, net-driving and puck carrying in transition. His current 0.7 iXG/60 + 0.8 xA/60 is not far off from the likes of Panarin, Marner, Marchand, Kaprizov and Kane, so under better player usage, he could be a beast.
            NYR
              Rodion Amirov
              Roni Hirvonen
              2022 2nd Round Pick
              4.
              TOR
                Tomas Hertl (50% Retained Salary)

                *Aside from Geno, Hertl will probably be the best player available at this deadline, so expect him to be costly.
                SJS
                  Matthew Knies
                  2022 1st Round Pick
                  5.
                  TOR
                    Filip Forsberg

                    *He may cost more than this but I just based this off the 2019 Taylor Hall to Arizona trade. He provides power forward qualities as well as elite puck carrying skills, he will play in the top 6.
                    NSH
                      Dimitry Ovechnikov
                      Axel Rindell
                      2022 1st Round Pick
                      6.
                      TOR
                        Taylor Hall (50% Retained)
                        Brandon Carlo

                        *The main reason why I offered so much is because both players have term at a reasonable cap hit. Boston is in a tough situation as they have major holes on the team from the Krug, Krejci and Rask departures. I can see them following out of the playoff picture and selling some pieces, Hall would be a good complimentary forward due to his forechecking and Carlo was excellent alongside Krug.
                        BOS
                          Alex Steeves
                          Topi Niemela
                          2022 2nd Round Pick
                          7.
                          TOR
                            Rickard Rakell
                            Josh Manson

                            *Not too much to give up, but it is for 2 pure rentals. Rakell is like a poor man’s Forsberg and Manson would be a defenceman who’d solidify the Leafs’ defence.
                            ANA
                              Ryan Trevberg
                              Travis Dermott
                              2022 1st Round Pick
                              8.
                              TOR
                                Jakob Chychrun
                                Alex Galchenyuk

                                *The most expensive trade suggestion of this post, Chychrun is a struggling defenceman on a rebuilding team, but in the past he has shown he can perform at an elite level. Alongside someone like Muzzin, he could give Toronto one of the best D cores in the NHL.
                                ARI
                                  Rodion Amirov
                                  Rasmus Sandin
                                  2022 1st Round Pick
                                  9.
                                  TOR
                                    Joe Pavelski (50% Retained)
                                    John Klingberg

                                    *Two rentals for a high price once again, Pavelski could add to the Leafs powerplay woes while Klingberg solidified the top pair alongside Muzzin.
                                    DAL
                                      Matthew Knies
                                      Topi Niemela
                                      2022 1st
                                      10.
                                      TOR
                                        Shayne Gostisbehere (50% Retained)
                                        Lawson Crouse

                                        Gostisbehere has quietly had an excellent year while Crouse plays like the idealized bottom 6 power forward.
                                        ARI
                                          Nick Ritchie
                                          2022 2nd
                                          11.
                                          TOR
                                            Ben Chiarot

                                            *Leafs will need a bigger sample size for Chiarot before they trade for him, he has been bad in the past. This season he has played solidly in a very big role for MTL, he could be an under the radar pickup.
                                            ARI
                                              Nick Ritchie
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                                              ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES TooltipBONUSESCAP SPACE
                                              22$81,500,000$79,208,116$0$400,000$2,291,884

                                              Roster

                                              Left WingCenterRight Wing
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                                              Nylander, William
                                              $6,962,366
                                              RW, LW
                                              UFA - 3
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                                              Matthews, Auston
                                              $11,640,250
                                              C
                                              UFA - 3
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                                              Kase, Ondrej
                                              $1,250,000
                                              RW
                                              UFA - 1
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                                              Kerfoot, Alexander
                                              $3,500,000
                                              LW, C
                                              UFA - 2
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                                              Tavares, John
                                              $11,000,000
                                              C
                                              NMC
                                              UFA - 4
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                                              Marner, Mitchell
                                              $10,903,000
                                              RW
                                              UFA - 4
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                                              Engvall, Pierre
                                              $1,250,000
                                              LW, C
                                              UFA - 1
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                                              Kämpf, David
                                              $1,500,000
                                              C
                                              UFA - 2
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                                              Mikheyev, Ilya
                                              $1,645,000
                                              LW, RW
                                              UFA - 1
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                                              Bunting, Michael
                                              $950,000
                                              LW
                                              UFA - 2
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                                              Spezza, Jason
                                              $750,000
                                              C, RW
                                              UFA - 1
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                                              Simmonds, Wayne
                                              $900,000
                                              RW, LW
                                              NTC
                                              UFA - 2
                                              Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
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                                              Rielly, Morgan
                                              $5,000,000
                                              LD
                                              NMC
                                              UFA - 1
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                                              Brodie, TJ
                                              $5,000,000
                                              LD/RD
                                              NTC
                                              UFA - 3
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                                              Campbell, Jack
                                              $1,650,000
                                              G
                                              UFA - 1
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                                              Muzzin, Jake
                                              $5,625,000
                                              LD
                                              NTC
                                              UFA - 3
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                                              Holl, Justin
                                              $2,000,000
                                              RD
                                              NTC
                                              UFA - 2
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                                              Hutchinson, Michael
                                              $725,000
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                                              UFA - 1
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                                              Sandin, Rasmus
                                              $894,167
                                              LD
                                              RFA - 1
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                                              Liljegren, Timothy
                                              $863,333
                                              RD
                                              RFA - 1
                                              ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
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                                              Ritchie, Nick
                                              $2,500,000
                                              LW
                                              UFA - 2
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                                              Mrázek, Petr
                                              $3,800,000
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                                              NTC
                                              UFA - 3
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                                              Dermott, Travis
                                              $1,500,000
                                              LD/RD
                                              RFA - 2

                                              Special Teams

                                              Power Play 1
                                              Marner, M.
                                              Tavares, J.
                                              Matthews, A.
                                              Nylander, W.
                                              Sandin, R.
                                              Power Play 2
                                              Kase, O.
                                              Kerfoot, A.
                                              Simmonds, W.
                                              Spezza, J.
                                              Rielly, M.
                                              Penalty Kill 1
                                              Kämpf, D.
                                              Mikheyev, I.
                                              Muzzin, J.
                                              Brodie, T.
                                              Penalty Kill 2
                                              Kerfoot, A.
                                              Engvall, P.
                                              Rielly, M.
                                              Holl, J.

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                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 8:26 p.m.
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                                              Thoughts?
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                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 8:32 p.m.
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                                              I think Hertl will cost more especially with over $2.5 mil in retention.
                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 8:32 p.m.
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                                              Quoting: Penguins_Legend_Sheary
                                              Thoughts?


                                              My thoughts are, why do I keep getting tagged in these?
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                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 8:37 p.m.
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                                              You should do a mock trade for Reilly Smith too, I see him being an option as well
                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 8:37 p.m.
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                                              Quoting: Penguins_Legend_Sheary
                                              Thoughts?


                                              Most of these players will not be available and those that are, will be too much in salary or in cost to obtain. They don't need a major upgrade anywhere.
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                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 8:38 p.m.
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                                              LOLLL literally every single one of these trades is horrible…
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                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 8:41 p.m.
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                                              NYR have 0 interest in anything you have to offer for Laf. That’s a terrible offer. Again, the kid hasn’t even played 82 games in the NHL.
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                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 8:52 p.m.
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                                              'also could ship out Engvall when Mikheyev is healthy. So that’s 5 million.'

                                              Mikheyev has a higher cap hit than Engvall. That move doesn't raise it to 5 million, it lowers it to 3.75.
                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 9:03 p.m.
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                                              I notice you try and trade for Laf alot. You gotta stop that, it won't happen. a 1st overall pick wont get shipped out that quick on a rebuilding team even if hes underpreforming.

                                              I can't see Malkin moving. Especially when Burke is overseeing all the trades. But the value isnt too far off. I think they ask for Robertson over Niemla.

                                              BOS trade is horrible. They would never agree to that.

                                              ARI trade makes the leafs significantly worse. Ghost isnt a good dman, and Kessel has been pretty bad this year.

                                              Dallas trade is good, but I think that only gets you Pavelski or Klingberg. Not both

                                              OTT trade makes 0 sense. You already have a great dman in Liligren. Why go and trade him? Kid is playing lights out good.

                                              The other Ari trade doesnt make sense. You already have a future stud in Sandin, who is also playing so well. Why are you giving him up, at a great cap hit for Chyc? who also would cost more, and I cant see Ari giving up on him while they are on rebuild.

                                              ANA trade put the leafs significantly over the cap unless there is retention there. Even if there is, Rakell has been very good and will cost more. Manson is worth a 2nd and 4th atm

                                              Can't comment too far on NSH and SJS because i don't know what Hertls and Forsberg value is at atm
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                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 9:05 p.m.
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                                              Quoting: glarson17
                                              I think Hertl will cost more especially with over $2.5 mil in retention.


                                              That’s fair, I think Knies is a good prospect but Hertl is probably the best player on this list so he can fetch more even as a rental.
                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 9:06 p.m.
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                                              Quoting: TheOtherAuston
                                              My thoughts are, why do I keep getting tagged in these?


                                              Just want to hear your opinion since you are a Leafs fan who posts a lot.
                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 9:08 p.m.
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                                              Quoting: Jhockey06
                                              You should do a mock trade for Reilly Smith too, I see him being an option as well


                                              For sure if Vegas is out of the playoff picture, I can see him.
                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 9:10 p.m.
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                                              Quoting: PleaseBanMeForMyOwnGood
                                              Most of these players will not be available and those that are, will be too much in salary or in cost to obtain. They don't need a major upgrade anywhere.


                                              Agree I think they just need to get rid of Ritchie and bring in someone like Strome for low cost, maybe upgrade on Holl & they’d be solid.
                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 9:19 p.m.
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                                              Quoting: NYR1983
                                              NYR have 0 interest in anything you have to offer for Laf. That’s a terrible offer. Again, the kid hasn’t even played 82 games in the NHL.


                                              Dude, the situation for Lafreniere in NYR is getting worse, not better. First the coach didn’t give him the opportunity to make plays with the puck, now he’s not even letting him play. He will ask for a trade before you know it.
                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 9:23 p.m.
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                                              Quoting: hazard
                                              I notice you try and trade for Laf alot. You gotta stop that, it won't happen. a 1st overall pick wont get shipped out that quick on a rebuilding team even if hes underpreforming.

                                              I can't see Malkin moving. Especially when Burke is overseeing all the trades. But the value isnt too far off. I think they ask for Robertson over Niemla.

                                              BOS trade is horrible. They would never agree to that.

                                              ARI trade makes the leafs significantly worse. Ghost isnt a good dman, and Kessel has been pretty bad this year.

                                              Dallas trade is good, but I think that only gets you Pavelski or Klingberg. Not both

                                              OTT trade makes 0 sense. You already have a great dman in Liligren. Why go and trade him? Kid is playing lights out good.

                                              The other Ari trade doesnt make sense. You already have a future stud in Sandin, who is also playing so well. Why are you giving him up, at a great cap hit for Chyc? who also would cost more, and I cant see Ari giving up on him while they are on rebuild.

                                              ANA trade put the leafs significantly over the cap unless there is retention there. Even if there is, Rakell has been very good and will cost more. Manson is worth a 2nd and 4th atm

                                              Can't comment too far on NSH and SJS because i don't know what Hertls and Forsberg value is at atm


                                              Thanks for the insight. I wouldn’t trade Sandin for anyone unless it’s a binaries number 1 defenceman with term like Chychrun or Theodore. I feel as good as Sandin is, we need someone who can step up into the top 4 alongside Muzzin.
                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 9:30 p.m.
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                                              Quoting: Penguins_Legend_Sheary
                                              Thanks for the insight. I wouldn’t trade Sandin for anyone unless it’s a binaries number 1 defenceman with term like Chychrun or Theodore. I feel as good as Sandin is, we need someone who can step up into the top 4 alongside Muzzin.


                                              The leafs need to trade for one because Dermot and Holl aren't it. Manson, Klingberg, Lindholm can be but it depends if Dubas can change his glasses and realize that Holl and Dermott cant be top 4 dman
                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 9:31 p.m.
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                                              Quoting: Penguins_Legend_Sheary
                                              Dude, the situation for Lafreniere in NYR is getting worse, not better. First the coach didn’t give him the opportunity to make plays with the puck, now he’s not even letting him play. He will ask for a trade before you know it.


                                              The idea that you think he is available is completely stupid. You clearly are absolutely clueless when it comes to hockey.. every fan base is telling you this and yet here we are again 😂 for the 30th time this week.. dumber than rocks
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                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 9:40 p.m.
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                                              Quoting: hazard
                                              The leafs need to trade for one because Dermot and Holl aren't it. Manson, Klingberg, Lindholm can be but it depends if Dubas can change his glasses and realize that Holl and Dermott cant be top 4 dman


                                              Completely agree, I cannot even count the number of quality defencemen management has passed on just to keep these 2 trash players. I bet even Ceci would be playing well if the coach had the courage to try him with Muzzin.
                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 9:44 p.m.
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                                              Quoting: NYR1983
                                              The idea that you think he is available is completely stupid. You clearly are absolutely clueless when it comes to hockey.. every fan base is telling you this and yet here we are again 😂 for the 30th time this week.. dumber than rocks


                                              When you don’t have any more arguments you just start throwing insults 🤷‍♀️
                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 9:56 p.m.
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                                              Quoting: Penguins_Legend_Sheary
                                              When you don’t have any more arguments you just start throwing insults 🤷‍♀️


                                              There’s nothing to argue here. This is the problem, the fact that you think it’s an option when 30 people say it’s not, so you repeat in 45 mins to see if the results are different and it never is.. just crazy.. NYar send a 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th to TOR for Robertson, Amirov and Sandin.. they are all unproven and will be good in our system.. <— this is what you sound like.. but not only that you under value every other player to try to acquire and again, repeat it 45 mins later. Aren’t you bored of this?? There’s no argument to be had, you clearly lack knowledge 🤷🏻‍♂️
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                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 10:04 p.m.
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                                              I sound like a broken record here, but Laffy is not for sale, not for that price. He was a former 1st overall pick that isn't even 20 yet.
                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 10:07 p.m.
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                                              Chiarot would be a good add
                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 11:11 p.m.
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                                              Quoting: Penguins_Legend_Sheary
                                              Agree I think they just need to get rid of Ritchie and bring in someone like Strome for low cost, maybe upgrade on Holl & they’d be solid.


                                              They are solid. Ritchie certainly didn't look terrible tonight and Holl is back to his usual. Liljegren looks really solid.
                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 11:12 p.m.
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                                              Quoting: PleaseBanMeForMyOwnGood
                                              They are solid. Ritchie certainly didn't look terrible tonight and Holl is back to his usual. Liljegren looks really solid.


                                              The goaltending failed them tonight but Holl & Dermott don’t look solid for sure.
                                              Nov. 13, 2021 at 11:14 p.m.
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                                              Quoting: Penguins_Legend_Sheary
                                              The goaltending failed them tonight but Holl & Dermott don’t look solid for sure.


                                              Yeah Woll made a few mistakes but he got the win. That's good enough tonight.
                                               
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