Five Things We're Excited About the Maple Leafs for Next Season

Published July 25, 2023 at 4:52 PM
BY JULIEN TREKKER
     
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Even if the season starts in months, we can't help but look forward to what lies ahead for the Toronto Maple Leafs - a team that's had some interesting changes during the offseason.

Ryan Reaves



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The Leafs had difficulty dealing with physical teams like the Florida Panthers last season. To address this issue, they signed 36-year-old Ryan Reaves to a three-year contract worth $4.05 million. Reaves brings toughness on the ice and also adds a lively personality to the team, both in the locker room and in handling the media.

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Klingberg and Reilly



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Morgan Reilly has been a key player for the Leafs' offense from the blue line for quite some time. Now, with the addition of John Klingberg, the Leafs gain another offensive defenseman. Klingberg's presence strengthens the team's powerplay unit, and it's a low-risk move as he's only on a one-year deal.

Bertuzzi and Domi



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Brad Treliving didn't stop at Ryan Reaes on his quest to toughness. He also added Max Domi and Tyler Bertuzzi. Both players bring a combination of grit, scoring ability, and versatility, which will make the team's top-9 lineup dynamic and flexible.

Samsonov-Woll



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Ilya Samsonov and Joseph Woll form a promising goaltending duo. With Samsonov signing a one-year $3.55 million contract, it looks like the end of the Matt Murray era in Toronto. Woll's strong performances in the playoffs solidified his place as the number two.

The Rise of Knies



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Keep an eye on Matthew Knies, who is set to have his first full season in the NHL. After only a few games in the NHL, he impressed with his puck possession skills, his talent and his skills.

With these exciting changes, Leafs' fans can expect a more competitive and well-rounded team in the upcoming season.

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