NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs Defenseman Expected to Re-Sign in Toronto

The Toronto Maple Leafs aren't expected to be very busy this offseason as general manager Kyle Dubas does not have a ton of cap space to work with and seems content to keep the core of the team together for another season. While there will be some minor changes, one name to expect back is defenseman Mark Giordano.

The Maple Leafs acquired the former Norris trophy winner at the deadline in 2021-22, for two second-round picks and a third-round pick, so it makes sense for Dubas to circle back on extension talks. While 'Gio' has slowed down a little bit since his prime days in Calgary, he performed admirably for the Maple Leafs.
In 20 regular season games in blue and white, Giordano tallied 12 points and chipped in with two assists during the team's seven-game series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Maple Leafs won't be offering anywhere near his $6.75 million cap hit from his latest contract, and it's expected we see a two-year deal around $850,000 - $1 million per season.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman had this to say about the Maple Leafs in his latest 32 Thoughts blog:
Don’t believe there’s been much negotiation with UFA-to-be Jack Campbell. But I do think there’s been discussion with Mark Giordano to return at a lower salary. There’s a path for that to occur.

Leafs Nation can get ready for some more 'Gio' next season and look for the veteran to be paired with youngster Timothy Liljegren next season on a full-time basis as the duo were great down the stretch for the Maple Leafs.

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