3 Toronto Maple Leafs Trade Candidates Heading Into Offseason

The Toronto Maple Leafs are headed for change and we'll find out as early as next week just how much change is coming. General manager Kyle Dubas and head coach Sheldon Keefe are both pending free agents and at this point, their future is very unclear. There's also going to be roster changes coming as the team has a number of free agents and trade candidates heading into the summer. Let's focus on some trade candidates for now, here's three Leafs likely being shopped leading up to the draft and free agency:

Matt Murray

With Joseph Woll and Ilya Samsonov as the tandem of the future, look for the Maple Leafs to try and move Murray. He's entering the final season of his contract and while a buy out is the fall back, Toronto will try and move the netminder before settling on contract termination. The Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks are two teams to watch here.

TJ Brodie

One defensemen who struggled throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, TJ Brodie has fallen down the depth chart in Toronto and appears to be on his way out. He's also entering the final season of his contract, paying him $5 million. The team will likely have to retain almost 50% of Brodie's money to facilitate a deal. The veteran defenseman finished the postseason with three points in 11 games and was a -3 rating. Brodie's no-trade clause changes to a modified 10-team protection on July 1st, expect trade talks to pick up then.

Timothy Liljegren

Another defenseman who struggled at times down the stretch, Timothy Liljegren will likely be involved in trade discussions this summer. Liljegren was in and out of the lineup in the playoffs and even though he's only 24 years old, it's hard to say what Toronto sees in his future. If it's top-four potential, he'll likely stay, but if the Leafs aren't convinced he's more than just a 5/6 d-pairing, then expect to see a move. With his potential and reasonable contract at just $1.4 million per season, Liljegren could fetch a decent return for Toronto. One which would probably include a top-nine forward coming back the other way.

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