The Toronto Maple Leafs are likely going to experience a mini-shakeup this summer. A few players off of their surprising playoff team are likely to walk in free agency, while they’ll look to upgrade areas all over the roster. While we don’t know at this point who their offseason targets could be, we have an idea of who won’t be back.
As the negotiations with Tyler Bozak continue, a pair of Maple Leaf forwards could be ready to walk in free agency. One will be looking for a new home on North American soil, while the other is headed to the KHL.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Clarke MacArthur is finding his way out of Toronto in free agency. Having carried a cap hit of $3.25 million last year, MacArthur didn’t really meet expectations, particularly in the playoffs. He followed up a 20-point regular season with only three in the postseason.
The main issue with MacArthur is that he’s seeking a raise, believed to be up in the neighborhood of $4 million a year. He’s a solid player and a two time 20-goal scorer, who will help out on special teams, but he’s not worth the Maple Leafs throwing out that type of money. He’ll find a job somewhere, though.
The other player who looks like a lock to leave is Leo Komarov. The Finnish forward is unofficially headed back over to Russia to join Dynamo Moscow. He hasn’t made it official to the Leafs, but that will likely be coming soon. He had only nine points in 42 games for Toronto, but did add some serious physicality to the mix, with 176 hits.
With the money they’ll save in not re-signing Komarov or MacArthur, it’ll be interesting to see what becomes of Bozak. Both sides want a deal to get done, but given the fact that he wants about $5 million a year, it’s going to be awfully tough for Toronto to keep him around.