Report: There's A High Chance Kapanen Is Traded Before Next Season.

Published April 14, 2020 at 3:52 PM

There's still lots of questions regarding what will happen with the rest of the 2019-20 season and some teams have already started work on 2020-21. Teams are constructing rosters for next year by signing prospects to entry level contracts, signing current NHL players to extensions and signing KHL players. The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of those teams as general manager Kyle Dubas has gotten busy before the season starts and it's more than likely he gets a lot more work done during the coming months. Toronto is up against the cap and will more than likely move a piece or two to free up some salary cap space. James Mirtle and Jonas Siegel of The Athletic point out that one of those likely pieces is Kasperi Kapanen. The duo labelled Kapanen with at least a 50% chance of getting moved before the start of next season. "He's the most appealing trade chip the Leafs have. Young, fast, pedigree and some scoring upside packed into a sturdy 6-foot-1 and almost 200-pound frame. And, crucially, signed for the next two seasons for reasonable money ($3.2 million cap hit) and under team control (RFA in 2022) after that. "
"The betting here is that he'll be playing elsewhere next season."

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