NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs' Contract Talks With Campbell Progressing

Reports initially came out that contract talks between the Toronto Maple Leafs and starting goaltender Jack Campbell were very far off as the team low-balled him to kick things off. It now appears as though things are heading in the right direction per Jonas Siegel of The Athletic as the Maple Leafs may not be able to afford to lose their guy.

Though Campbell may not be the youngest of goaltenders, it does take many more time to mature and be impactful in the NHL. Campbell just became a starter this past season and did a great job despite a difficult stretch. He earned his first All-Star nod as he was among the leaders in first-half Vezina Trophy rankings. He proved he could rebound from a very tough stretch of games and finish the season with a .914 SV%, 2.64 GAA, and five shutouts.

He was very solid in all three of the Maple Leafs' playoff wins and gave them every chance to finally win a winner takes all game in the first round.

In just over two seasons with the Maple Leafs since they acquired Campbell during the 2019-20 season, he has gone 51-14-9 with a .916 SV%, 2.50 GAA, seven shutouts, and a 17.6 GSAA (goals saved above average). He has earned a significant raise from his $1.65 million he was making for the previous two seasons as the cap hit on his next contract will likely fall in the $4-5 million range. The question is, what are the Maple Leafs going to do to make sure they can bring back Campbell in regards to roster moves and cap space?

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