Earlier today, Pierre LeBrun started to stir the pot in Toronto by saying that the Maple Leafs “could strike early” in order to give the team a spark heading into the stretch drive. Shortly after, Bob McKenzie doubled down, saying that he believes that the Leafs are “actively” looking for a non-rental defenceman.
Bob McKenzie on TSN1050: I believe the Leafs are actively looking for a RD/LD who can play right with multiple years of term left. At least one+ year, but would prefer 2+ years remaining. No guarantee it gets done but they’re looking. Kapanen, Johnsson, Kerfoot are who teams want
— J (@Account4hockey) January 24, 2020
Okay, so none of this is really new information, per se, but it kind of narrows down what’s going on here. Dubas wants to upgrade the blueline, he wants a guy under control beyond just this year, and other teams are looking at Kasperi Kapanen, Andreas Johnsson, or Alex Kerfoot in return. One of those three was always going to be going out if a defenceman was coming back in order for the salary cap hits to work out, so that makes sense.
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