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Leafs connected to 2 new defensemen, but the asking price is shocking


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Ryan Smitheram
December 8, 2023  (11:48)
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By this point, everyone knows that Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brad Treliving is searching for a defenseman and that his efforts have increased now that John Klingberg is out for the year.

With Klingberg out for the season, the Leafs have now opened up his $4.15M in cap space to look for a solution, specifically on the right side. On Yesterday's "Ray & Dregs" podcast, TSN's Darren Dreger revealed that the Leafs have been in contact with the Philadelphia Flyers about two of their defensemen.
"Undoubtedly Toronto is talking to Philadelphia. Is it Nick Seeler, Sean Walker, maybe both?"

Dreger included that the Flyers may want to re-sign one or both of them and also mentioned that the asking price is no less than a second-round pick, which Toronto does not have. Given that the Leafs do not own a second-round pick in the next three drafts, they may have to part with one of their suddenly top prospects, which Ray Ferraro touched on.
"Toronto's not sitting there with a whole bunch of prospects they can trade. If you're a Leaf fan and you're excited about Fraser Minten, well, so are the Flyers. The assets you don't want to move are the ones they want and that makes the challenge for the GMs increase because those prospects that you already have, clearly are advanced over a draft pick that you don't have yet."

After making the Leafs out of training camp, Minten has quickly climbed up the depth chart of Leafs prospects and could play a large part in the future of the team. Along with Easton Cowan, the pair could become a pretty good duo for the Leafs up front in the future. For an organization that has depleted its prospect pool the past few seasons, it would be difficult to see the Leafs move/want to move either of them, which is exactly what the Flyers may want.
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Leafs connected to 2 new defensemen, but the asking price is shocking

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