The Toronto Maple Leafs currently do not have a goalkeeper for the upcoming season.
According to Jonas Siegel of The Athletic, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been negotiating with Jack Campbell’s agent Kurt Overhardt. It is said that the two sides have spoken a few times.
With free agency not happening until July 13, Overhardt and Dubas have about a month to figure that out. Money may not be the only factor in a new contract for Campbell. The length of a new contract is also a factor, especially since Campbell is 30 years old. Your next contract could be your only chance to make money.
If Campbell re-signs with the Toronto Maple Leafs, it will likely be a four- or five-year deal with an average annual value between $4.25 million and $4.5 million. A new contract for Campbell will be easier when Dubas trades Petr Mrazek. Mrazek is earning $3.8 million a season for two more years. Toronto cannot afford to have $8 million allocated to goalkeepers.
Could the Toronto Maple Leafs lose Sandin or Liljegren to a deal sheet?
Most hockey experts have speculated that Toronto will try to sign Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren to strike deals. These deals will likely come with an AAV of $1.5 million to $2 million.
One problem Dubas might have is if another team decides to send an offer sheet to any of the young defenders. Dubas has likely set a limit on how much he’s willing to spend to match any offer from another team. According to the offer sheet clearing list in capfriendly.coma team could offer between $2.1 million and $4.2 million a season and would only have to give up a second-round pick.
Will Dubas be willing to match a $4.2 million bid for Sandin or Liljegren? He would probably try to make it work. However, if the two defenders receive an offer sheet of more than $3 million, Dubas will be forced to choose which one he wants to try and keep.
Keep in mind that there hasn’t been a bid sheet that hasn’t been between Carolina and Montreal in nearly ten years, and that one, let alone two, offers for the Leafs are extremely unlikely.
If Kyle Dubas wants to keep Jack Campbell with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he’ll have to spend a minimum of $4 million a season. He should also keep his fingers crossed that no other team sends an offer sheet to Sandin or Liljegren. If they do, their off-season will be even more difficult.