Analyst suggests that the Leafs may have another move on the way
BY MIKE ARMENTI SEPTEMBER 9, 2023 (12:09)
This week, during an appearance on TSN 1050's First Up, TSN hockey analyst Dave Poulin was asked what he thought about the Leafs' D corps as it's currently constructed and whether or not he views it as a better group than last season. His response was very telling.
In terms of whether the Leafs would like to add another piece or two before the start of the season, Poulin revealed that they would, in fact, still like to add. However, he's not quite sure if it's feasible right now.
According to CapFriendly, the Leafs are over the salary cap by $2.94M with a 23-man roster. If they were to demote a couple of players and roll with a 21-man roster, it still wouldn't account for enough to make the team cap compliant, so I do still believe that we have at least one more move coming. What that move is, I'm not so sure. We could yet see someone like Calle Jarnkrok and his $2.1M salary moved, but such a move might not occur until the Leafs get a good, long look at their roster at training camp. They'll want to make sure that at least one of their young pieces or a Marlies graduate appears to be able to take that next step before moving a valued, versatile veteran like Jarnkrok.
Sam Lafferty and Conor Timmins are also potential trade candidates, as both players earn more than $1M and with both expected to be lower down on the depth chart, perhaps the Leafs could look to replace them with league minimum bodies to start the season.
Rather than to continue to speculate on what may or may not happen, I'm content to just wait and see how training camp goes. There is still some time to work with here and I'm sure that the Leafs already have a plan in place to become cap compliant.