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 Crew USA’s radar for the Olympics.
There was a report that his camp has spoken with the Leafs about an extension. That is probably not the case in line with his agent Kurt Overhardt.
“Whoever mentioned we’re speaking is stuffed with crap. That’s so inaccurate. I can let you know that there’s been no materials discussions (with the Leafs). Jack simply desires to play hockey. That’s it.”
The longer he stays unsigned, the extra possible he’s enjoying 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 feel a workforce that’s inquiring or is buying goes to should overpay for both participant”.
James Mirtle of The Athletic: There’s reality to the Toronto Maple Leafs speaking to groups about their defensemen in line with a number of sources. There could possibly be extra to only 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 provides them seven NHL caliber defensemen. Dermott and Holl could desire to be traded versus being a wholesome scratch for an prolonged time frame or rotating being within the press field.
Gaining some cap flexibility by shifting both Holl ($2 million) or Dermott ($1.5 million) could possibly be one other issue. Each have a yr left on their offers. The Leafs would possible get a greater return for them in the event that they waited until the offseason.
A less expensive AHL callup could possibly be Kirill Semyonov, who has performed nicely for the Marlies.
The worth of top-four defensemen has been excessive, so it’s attainable the Leafs might get a stunning return. One workforce did really feel that the asking worth for both Holl or Dermott didn’t appear that hight. Holl could have extra worth than Dermott.