Let’s think big picture today, because it’s a Wednesday evening in August and what else would you rather do than stress about NEXT offseason?
In case you need a reminder, here’s a list of the Leafs’ contract situations. Out of the “core pieces”, we’ve got JVR, Tyler Bozak and Leo Komarov all potentially hitting the UFA market next season. Defensively, there’s no one, and in net both Frederik Andersen and Curtis McElhinney have term attached as well.
Dominic Moore, Ben Smith, Eric Fehr and Joffrey Lupul also all exist but, you know, two of them are as good as gone, one of them is one a one-year deal, and the other one probably isn’t even good enough to be in the NHL anyway. You figure out which label goes where.
The Leafs also have to deal with you know, some upcoming contracts for some pretty darn good young players?
With the three key forwards contracts’ all expiring on July 1, 2018, it’s time to get some planning.
Do you let everyone walk? Do you trade anyone today? At the trade deadline? Or do you try to re-sign them?
Do you keep Bozak because he’s a centre? JVR because you think he’s likely to want to keep playing a key role on a contending team? Komarov because of that one time he made the all-star game?
Make some noise in the comments below about your plan for how to handle Bozak, Komarov and JVR’s expiring contracts.
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