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Chandler Stephenson a great potential buy-low candidate for the Leafs


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Michael Sukut
May 17, 2024  (9:44)
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Vegas Golden Knights forward Chandler Stephenson skates with the puck
Photo credit: Ellen Schmidt/AP Photo

The Vegas Golden Knights are in a cap crunch, and Chandler Stephenson will be one of the more attractive options for the Leafs should he hit the open market this summer.

More forward depth is on the offseason checklist for the Maple Leafs, and Stephenson could be a good fit if they can find the cap space.
The 30-year-old is a great skater, has good compete, and can play either centre or the wing. He won 52.6 percent of his faceoffs during the 2023-24 season, and averaged 18:29 time on ice. He has the versatility to be an effective middle-six forward.
The 30-year-old forward has a $2.75 million cap hit in this, the final year of his current contract. He was a huge part of Vegas' 2023 cup run, but a 51-point season in 2023-24 was a step down compared to past years.
Whether or not Stephenson's down year was just a blip on the radar, or the beginning of a downwards trend remains to be seen, and that could keep his next cap hit from being too expensive.
The opportunity is there for the Maple Leafs to potentially swoop in and claim an underrated asset. Stephenson, a Stanley Cup champion, would not only provide the Leafs with a player with a winning pedigree, but also someone who can step into a 2nd line center role right away and push veteran John Tavares over to the wing as he begins to slow down with age.
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Chandler Stephenson a great potential buy-low candidate for the Leafs

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