It’s starting to appear as though goaltender Jack Campbell won’t be going back to the Toronto Maple Leafs next season. Speculation, including a report from TSN’s Chris Johnston, is that the netminder will seeking at least $5 million per season on an extension and the Leafs aren’t going there. In fact, Johnston reports there hasn’t even been an exchange of numbers from either side, that’s how far apart they are.
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With rumours Campbell could look for as much as $6 million per season as an AAV, this situation is starting to look and feel a lot like the Zach Hyman and Frederick Andersen situations of the past. Both players showed some interest in staying but knew what they were worth on the open market. The Maple Leafs hoped they wouldn’t want to leave the Toronto organization, and both gladly did. Hyman went to Edmonton and says he couldn’t possibly be happier with his decision and Andersen went to Carolina where the team saw another successful season.
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Johnston is reporting on Insider Trading that the Maple Leafs have talked to Campbell, but haven’t reached out with a contract offer yet.
The Maple Leafs might have to look at other options and could make a pitch for Darcy Kuemper out of Colorado or Marc-Andre Fleury out of Minnesota. Both are likely to cost as much or more than Campbell and there’s no guarantee either has the Maple Leafs on their free agency radar.
Meanwhile, the Oilers badly need a starting goalie and one has to wonder if Hyman will give Campbell a call and try to sell him on the Oilers.
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Johnston also reports that Maple Leafs RFA forward Ilya Mikheyev could be looking to get $4-$5 million on the open market and the expectation is that the Maple Leafs won’t be able to meet that ask. As for defenseman Rasmus Sandin, there have been “No meaningful talks yet with Sandin but no rush. Toronto still deciding if they’re keeping him. He wants to be a Leaf.”
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