Maple Leafs Rumors: 3 Forwards Being Shopped to Other Teams

The Toronto Maple Leafs are happy the calendar has turned to November as they've found themselves in a roller coaster start to the 2022-23 season. Head coach Sheldon Keefe continues to call out players and has shown he's not afraid to bench the team's best players late in games, meanwhile general manager Kyle Dubas has been creative when it comes to call ups because of the salary cap constraints the team faces year after year. Sounds like some moves could be coming soon from the Maple Leafs as rumor has these three forwards are getting shopped by Dubas and company:

Pierre Engvall

The pending free-agent forward has only one goal in nine games to start the season, this coming after he posted 15 in 78 games last season and looked poised to score 20 goals this year. Engvall has found himself lower and lower in the lineup and at $2.25 million will be tough to offload unless there's a sweetener in the deal or he's packaged with another roster player. Many believe Dubas is trying to swap Engvall for an experienced defenseman.

Alexander Kerfoot

The Swiss army knife for the Maple Leafs, Kerfoot has played all over the place and continues to move around the lineup. He's slated for left wing on the team's second line at the moment and has finally seen some power-play time on the team's second unit. Kerfoot's not overly physical and is best suited for an offensive role, the only problem is he only has five points in his first 10 games this season. The versatile forward is a pending free agent and is not likely to return to Toronto next season, hence it being very likely Dubas moves him before the trade deadline.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel

One of the team's offseason signings, Aube-Kubel was supposed to come into Toronto and solidify himself as the team's fourth-line right-winger who bangs and crashes, but unfortunately, he hasn't been able to stay in the lineup. At $1 million and coming off a Stanley Cup victory with the Colorado Avalanche, there's likely going to be a market, so his time in Toronto may be brief. Worth noting Wayne Simmonds was recently sent back down to the AHL and remains available via trade.

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