3 Toronto Maple Leafs Not Expected Back Next Season

The Toronto Maple Leafs finally made it to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, just to be eliminated in five games to the hands of the Florida Panthers. There's going to be a ton of change in Toronto this offseason, not only on the ice but off. As far as the roster goes, look for these three Maple Leafs to not be back next season:

Matt Murray

Regardless if it's a buy out or a trade, Matt Murray won't be back next season. The writing was on the wall when Joseph Woll started the biggest two games of the season, meanwhile Murray was healthy and cleared to play. His inability to stay healthy and the fact the Leafs have Ilya Samsonov who is a pending restricted free agent and they have Woll signed for two more seasons, makes it clear Murray's days are numbered. A buy out doesn't cost the Leafs much as it's just under $1 million next season and $2 million in 2024-25. They will look at a trade but if no offers are made, expect to see Murray's contract terminated. He went 14-8-2 this season.

Justin Holl

The Maple Leafs won't be bringing back Justin Holl after a roller coaster season for the defensive defensemen. He was on for over 70% of the goals scored by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and somehow made his way back into the lineup in the second round. Holl will have some suitors on the open market based on his penalty killing abilities but don't worry Leafs Nation, he won't be re-signed.

Zach Aston-Reese

The Maple Leafs don't have a ton of cap space next season and have 11 players heading to free agency. Don't expect to see Zach Aston-Reese re-signed by the hockey club as the fourth line grinder is an unrestricted free agent. ZAR was in and out of the lineup during the playoffs and was solid for the team during the regular season. His play however, wasn't good enough to warrant a contract extension as even in a limited role, ZAR was inconsistent and also add in the fact he doesn't kill penalties or take faceoffs. Needless to say, a prime candidate to be shown the door.

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