September 5, 2018 | 4:28pM ET
LEAFS YOUNG FORWARDS AMONG POINTS OF INTEREST
Connor Brown, forward
Over parts the off-season, the Toronto Maple Leafs were involved in trade talks with a number of teams as they looked to further bolster their roster at both ends of the rink.
With roughly $18.6 million in available salary cap space, providing Nathan Horton (and his $5.3 million cap hit) is placed on long-term injury reserve, the Maple Leafs have plenty of wiggle room this season to add a significant piece to their roster – even once restricted free agent forward William Nylander is signed to a new contract.
As Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas explored the market, he received plenty of interest in a number of his players, including Kasperi Kapanen, Connor Brown and Josh Leivo.
Brown and Leivo, according to sources, are still believed to be available if the right deal presented itself for either player, or both.
The Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins were among the team that spoke with the Leafs about Leivo. It’s possible trade talks continue with camps set to open up next week.
Brown, 24, has two-years left on his contract, which comes with a $2.1 million salary cap hit, while the 25-year-old Leivo has one-year remaining and makes $925,000 this season.