Leafs Re-Sign Young Defenceman

The Toronto Maple Leafs got a very nice piece of business done on Monday, re-signing promising young defenseman Timothy Liljegren to a two-year extension that carries a $1.4M AAV cap hit.

Liljegren was originally selected by Toronto in the first round (17th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft, and after getting into a handful of games in 2020 and 2021, he became a regular part of the Leafs' lineup this past season. 

As a 22-year-old rookie, he notched 23 points in 61 games for the Leafs this season in 16 minutes of ice time per game, while registering a plus-15, and becomes a good young piece of the defensive corps moving forward.

The move leaves Toronto with $6.4M in projected cap space.

They still have to find a way to bring back unrestricted free agents Jack Campbell and Ilya Mikheyev, while restricted free agents they'd like to see return include Pierre Engvall and Rasmus Sandin.

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