Michael Traikos of the Toronto Sun: The Toronto Maple Leafs ought to have prolonged goaltender Jack Campbell final offseason earlier than they named him their starter and earlier than he put himself on Staff USA’s radar for the Olympics.
There was a report that his camp has spoken with the Leafs about an extension. That will not be the case in accordance with his agent Kurt Overhardt.
“Whoever mentioned we’re speaking is stuffed with crap. That’s so inaccurate. I can inform you that there’s been no materials discussions (with the Leafs). Jack simply needs to play hockey. That’s it.”
The longer he stays unsigned, the extra seemingly he’s taking part in elsewhere subsequent season. He could also be in search of $5 million a season, which might be arduous for the Leafs to slot in.
NHL Watcher: Darren Dreger on TSN 1050 on Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott and Justin Holl: To maneuver out a type of guys and this stage of the season, I believe a group that’s inquiring or is buying goes to need to overpay for both participant”.
James Mirtle of The Athletic: There’s reality to the Toronto Maple Leafs speaking to groups about their defensemen in accordance with a number of sources. There may very well be extra to simply seeing what the market could be like.
It’s not like they’re deep on the blue line, so why are probably shifting somebody?
The play of Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren offers them seven NHL caliber defensemen. Dermott and Holl might want to be traded versus being a wholesome scratch for an prolonged time period or rotating being within the press field.
Gaining some cap flexibility by shifting both Holl ($2 million) or Dermott ($1.5 million) may very well be one other issue. Each have a 12 months left on their offers. The Leafs would seemingly get a greater return for them in the event that they waited until the offseason.
A less expensive AHL callup may very well be Kirill Semyonov, who has performed nicely for the Marlies.
The worth of top-four defensemen has been excessive, so it’s doable the Leafs may get a stunning return. One group did really feel that the asking value for both Holl or Dermott didn’t appear that hight. Holl might have extra worth than Dermott.