Maple Leafs' latest decision with Max Domi and Tyler Bertuzzi sparks frustration

Marvin Azrak
June 26, 2024  (1:37 PM)

Tyler Bertuzzi, Toronto Maple Leafs
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James Mirtle and Jonas Siegel of The Athletic dropped some surprising news about Toronto Maple Leafs wingers Max Domi and Tyler Bertuzzi as NHL free agency approaches on Monday.

With the season over, and Florida Panthers crowned Stanley Cup Champions, the off-season is heating up. The buyout window has opened, the draft is this weekend, and free agency is set to begin next week. The Toronto Maple Leafs and GM Brad Treliving hoped to get a head start by re-signing Bertuzzi and Domi. Despite ongoing talks, they haven't reached agreements with either player yet.
In their article, Mirtle and Siegel shared a crucial update on these extension negotiations.
The Leafs aren't against bringing Bertuzzi and Domi back but want to keep the bulk of their cap space available heading into July 1st for defense. Their return to Toronto may hinge on being able to circle back after the initial wave of UFA signings takes place around the league on Monday.

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While fans are eager to see both players return, it's possible neither will be back. If that's the case, the Leafs will have several replacement options in free agency.
Tyler Bertuzzi and Max Domi are both likely to test free agency on Monday.

Chris Tanev appears to be the Leafs' top choice for defense, while Perron, Joshua, and Jake DeBrusk are seen as forwards the Leafs like.
We'll know more about their futures with the team within the next week. Free agency officially kicks off July 1.