The NHL Draft is near with almost every team needing to unload some cap space in order to re-sign crucial players to their roster. The Toronto Maple Leafs are no exception, as they hope to bring back Mitch Marner. Thankfully, there are few expandable players on their roster they could unload to ensure some extra cap space.
4. Patrick Marleau
Patrick Marleau moved his family to Toronto last summer and signed a two-year deal worth $6 million per year to play for the Leafs, and now he may have to move once again this summer. The Leafs will need to clear up cap space and Marleau may be the sacrifice for the team.
3. Nazem Kadri
Nazem Kadri cost the Maple Leafs big when he was suspended during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against Boston. Now, Kadri is expected to be dealt away to free up cap space for the team's younger talent.
2. Kasperi Kapanen
Kasperi Kapanen is also a restricted free agent this summer, but he will not be prioritized with Mitch Marner needing a new contract as well. Kapanen's rights could be traded away in return for a draft pick or even a player still on his rookie deal who could make the roster this year.
1. Nikita Zaitsev
Nikita Zaitsev reportedly requested a trade from Toronto earlier this offseason, and has had his name linked to many teams ever since. It is highly likely that Zaitsev gets traded this offseason, and during the draft makes the most sense.