NHL Rumors: 3 Toronto Maple Leafs Trade Candidates

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas is far from finished this offseason as it's been quite the ordeal happening in Toronto this summer. From a complete overhaul in net, including a new goalie coach, to a shake up in their bottom six, the Maple Leafs are going to look much different next season. Here's three players who should be considered their prime trade candidates as Dubas could be dealing this summer:

Alexander Kerfoot

Ideally, the Maple Leafs would like to add a power forward who is tough to play against to play on the team's second line with John Tavares and William Nylander, however to this point it's Alexander Kerfoot's spot to lose. He's one season away from unrestricted free agency and with the contract mess in Toronto, it's not likely he re-signs. Look for Dubas to scroll the market to see what kind of return he could land for the versatile forward who is coming off a season recording 51 points in 82 games, including very limited time on the power play. Toronto is over the salary cap right now with Rasmus Sandin to sign, moving Kerfoot makes sense for a number of different reasons.

Jake Muzzin

Dubas and company signed the likes of Jordie Benn and Victor Mete and it makes you believe they could be interested in moving Jake Muzzin and his $5.6 million contract for this season and next. Muzzin played great down the stretch and into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, however the 33-year-old battled concussion issues and this has become a little bit concerning heading into next season. He holds a no-trade clause as he can block trades to 10 teams of his choice, a small wrinkle Dubas should be able to get around as the market is likely there for a Muzzin deal this summer.

Justin Holl

While some may say William Nylander, it's not likely the shake up in Toronto is so severe. Defenseman Justin Holl is overpaid at $2 million and isn't exactly screaming out interest from other teams. Dubas would love to get his cap hit off the books to help re-sign Sandin, however with the cash constraint currently ongoing in Toronto, moving just Holl wouldn't be enough. If the right-hander is dealt, it's likely in a package with some young prospects and potentially Kerfoot. Needless to say, Holl's become a whipping boy in Toronto and his interference call that cost the team a goal in Game 7 vs the Tampa Bay Lightning won't soon be forgotten. 

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