Toronto Maple Leafs Reveal Offseason Plans for Free Agent Defensemen

Graham Montgomery
March 31, 2024  (10:04)

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin waiting for the next faceoff
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have some big decisions ahead of them this offseason as they look to rebuild their blueline. Some of the team's unrestricted free-agents could potentially be options to sign an extension with the team.

One player that could find his way back with the Leafs is Ilya Lyubushkin. After all this is Lyubushkin's second stint with the team, as they also acquired him at the trade deadline in Lyubushkin's second stint with the team, as they also acquired him at the trade deadline in Lyubushkin has been in and out of the lineup as he's dealt with an ongoing illness and minor injuries this season.
Back in the lineup ✅

Sheldon Keefe says TJ Brodie and Ilya Lyubushkin will draw into the lineup tonight against the Hurricanes.
In his short stint with the Leafs this season, Lybushkin has shown that he can handle the physical side of the NHL that becomes to prevalent in the playoffs. Despite his depth role on the team, that kind of physical presence could be invaluable to a team that has lacked it in the past. That being said, Lybushkin was just part of a common theme Brad Treliving has employed since taking over the Leafs. He has clearly made the team more physical and harder to play against, thanks to the additions of players like Max Domi, Tyler Bertuzzi, Connor Dewar, and Ryan Reaves. Adding Joel Edmundson at the trade deadline was another move that made the team tougher.
Joel Edmundson is the type of D men that you win in the playoffs with.

Brad Treliving has already locked up one of his new comers to the team as the Leafs just announced a three-year contract extension for defenseman Simon Benoit. Yet another player that has brought more physicality to the team.
🖊 We've signed defenceman Simon Benoit to a three-year contract extension
If Benoit's extension is any indication, Treliving is certainly looking to tie up Lybushkin and Edmundson as well.