December 3, 2018 | 10:49am ET
MAPLE LEAFS LOOKING TO MOVE A BODY
Josh Leivo, right wing
With William Nylander back with the Maple Leafs, Toronto GM Kyle Dubas has been looking to move a player to accommodate the 22-year-old’s return.
It’s unclear, at this point, whom the Maple Leafs are trying to trade to get under the roster limit, though multiple players appear to be available, including forward Josh Leivo, and defencemen Martin Marincin and Justin Holl.
The Leafs spoke to a number of clubs in the off-season about Leivo, including the Winnipeg Jets, Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers, though a trade was never agreed upon.
It’s possible Dubas revisits those discussions, if he hasn’t already.
If the Maple Leafs are unable to orchestrate a trade, they are likely to send a player down to their AHL affiliate, which would require placing the player on waivers and risk another team scooping him up, which Dubas has been trying to avoid.
Leivo, 25, is making $925,000 this season and can become a restricted free agent next July.
Marincin, 26, is earning $800,000 this season and is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Holl, 26, has one-year left on his contract after this season and comes with a $675,000 salary cap hit.