NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs Defensemen Drawing Trade Interest

The Toronto Maple Leafs blueline is crowded and with youngster Rasmus Sandin without a contract, the sense around the league is another deal is coming from Toronto this summer. 

General manager Kyle Dubas went out and brought in some depth by signing Victor Mete and Jordie Benn once free agency opened and while talks with Sandin's camp haven't gone over as smooth as the team hoped, it appears a deal will get done before the start of next season.

While teams continue to call the Maple Leafs about potential deals, Sandin won't be moved unless it's a blockbuster to bring in some forward help for the team's second line. Meanwhile, some other trade candidates on the Leafs blue line include veteran Jake Muzzin and right-hander Justin Holl.

Muzzin is a more attractive trade piece as the 33-year-old has two seasons left on his deal at $5.6 million per season. He holds a full no-trade clause for this season, and this goes down to just 10 teams next July 1. Holl, on the other hand, struggled last season and is signed for $2 million in 2022-23. He also has a limited no-trade which protects him from 10 teams of his choice.

The Maple Leafs are currently over the salary cap and don't have all their restricted free agents signed. While the team continues to discuss a contract with Sandin, expect them to make at least one more trade before puck drop next season, and a defenseman is likely going to be included.

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