Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas held a media availability last weekend and touched on multiple topics as he team starts the second half of the season. This included potential trade strategy and the Leafs GM went on to discuss multiple players and their roles on the team.
Forward Alexander Kerfoot and defenseman Justin Holl were discussed, and those details may surprise some of Leafs Nation. From all accounts it sounds like the Leafs GM is committed to both players and neither will be discussed in trades before the March 21 trade deadline.
Dubas admitted it hasn’t been the most consistent season for Holl but he’s encouraged by his willingness to work and get better and the Maple Leafs GM mentioned the team is happy with what they are seeing lately. So far in 34 games the 30-year-old right-handed d-man has recorded six points and leads all Leafs defensemen with 59 blocks. There was a ton of speculation Holl was going to be moved back in November when news broke Toronto was looking to move a defenseman but that attention has apparently turned to Travis Dermott.
As for Kerfoot, Dubas loves what he’s seeing this season. For someone who doesn’t get a lick of power-play time, Kerfoot has recorded an impressive 31 points in 43 games. He’s a staple on the penalty kill and his versatility to play all over the lineup is a critical component for the team’s success. He has one season left at $3.5 million, meanwhile Holl is signed next season for $2 million.
Kyle Dubas Press Conference Below:
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