Massive Changes are Coming in Toronto

Published July 21, 2023 at 1:18 PM
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More Changes Expected in Toronto

The salary arbitration hearing of Ilya Samsonov is today and the result will lead to important moves afterward.


There's a lot of rumors and it looks like there's a lot of work left for Brad Treliving. Time is running out, and if he doesn't act fast, he might not complete everything.

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Treliving's Priorities

After the situation with Samsonov will have been dealt with, a decision on Matt Murray will certainly be made.

There have been talks of trading or buying out the goalie, but those options are becoming less likely. It seems that Murray will stay with Toronto, on the LTIR.

Another significant task for Treliving is extending Auston Matthews and William Nylander. It's a complicated situation, especially for Nylander.

Now, let's address the big concern - the Leafs' defense. Even with the addition of Klingberg, it's still not enough. There are rumors that send Erik Karlsson to bolster the blue line.

However, getting Karlsson won't be easy. The Leafs have no money. Even with Murray on the LTIR, it's challenging to afford Samsonov's salary. They'll need to do other moves to get him.

This means that a trade is likely to happen. While Nylander's name has been mentioned often, TJ Brodie is also circulating in trade rumors. Brodie's $7.5 million paycheck makes him a possible candidate to alleviate the Leafs' financial burden.

In my personal opinion, trading Brodie might be a wiser choice than letting Nylander go. Both players have only one year left on their contracts, but finding a replacement for Brodie seems more manageable than for Nylander.

As seen on Hockey Patrol - Major Changes Incoming for the Toronto Maple Leafs
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