In the flurry known as July 1st in the world of the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs were able to make moves that were not seen as especially game-breaking, but will certainly have an effect on their success next season.
Through multiple league-minimum contracts that are just for one year, Dubas has been able to cement some roster depth and take minimum risk doing so. If the unlikely scenario of every single signing absolutely bombing and not looking like NHL-level talent ever happens, then they can be sent down to the Marlies or scratched with no major repercussions.
On this star-heavy team, the Leafs will need to continue doing this process through their years of contention. Unless a major change happens in the CBA or the cap structure, trying to find these small diamonds in the pile of trash when free agency opens is what Dubas will have to do.
It might seem harsh, but using these undervalued players for one season and then letting them walk might be a thoughtful strategy with the current makeup this Leafs team has. They have no problem with skill at the top, and they paid for it, but towards the bottom of the …
Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation