The Toronto Maple Leafs could make a trade before the regular starts to stay below the wage cap.
Over the next week, things could get very interesting for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Even though the overview seems to be ready, the team will still struggle to stay below the salary cap. They want to make things work by sending players down to the Toronto Marlies, but by doing so they can lose “x player” for free.
As such, instead of wanting to clear exemptions, the Leafs may be more interested in trading with a current playlist to secure an asset instead.
As we sit right now, the Leafs’ 27 players are still on the list, which means they have to make six more cuts. We know Nick Robertson and Josh Ho-Sang will not be part of the Leafs plans on opening night, but who else is to be sent to the Marlies?
Will Kurtis Gabriel fight (quite literally) for a roster? Could Kirill Semyonov surprise Leafs fans and become the fourth line center this year?
There are still so many unanswered questions as we get ready for the final preseason game, and it will be pretty exciting to see what that covers.
As a result, let’s look at three players that could be traded before the normal season.