NHL Rumors: Leafs Open To Trading Rights To Mikheyev

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a couple of major free agents of their own to deal with before they jump into the pool with both feet on other recruits. One of those, however, pending unrestricted free agent forward Ilya Mikheyev, the Leafs are already making clear that they are willing to listen to offers for his rights.

According to Elliotte Friedman and Pierre LeBrun, GM Kyle Dubas has "notified teams the rights to Mikheyev are available if a team wishes to 'jumpstart the process.'"

The 27-year-old was a complete bargain in 2021-22, at $1.65M, as noted by insider Luke Fox. But he also points out that Mikheyev is likely to bring in between $4-$5M on the open market.

The Leafs only have $6.4M open in cap space, and we know that goaltender Jack Campbell is priority No. 1.

Last week, it was reported by TSN's Chris Johnston that the Leafs hadn't even made specific offers yet to either Campbell or Mikheyev.

Dubas is obviously getting the wheels turning with this offering of the Mikheyev rights.

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