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Maple Leafs’ Kyle Clifford Wants To Sign Extension

According to word from his agent, Kyle Clifford wants to re-sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs. There is apparently mutual interest from the Maple Leafs side.

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According to a recent report, newly acquired Toronto Maple Leafs forward Kyle Clifford is interested in sticking put once his five-year deal is done.

Clifford’s agent Todd Reynolds tells Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun that Clifford has interest in sticking put despite his time in Toronto potentially being short-lived with the pause on the NHL season and that there is returned interest from the Maple Leafs, even if this isn’t exactly the best time to be talking contracts.

Koshan notes, Clifford is in the final year of a five-year contract that pays him $1.6 million per season. If there are no talks between his side and Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas, he’s headed for unrestricted free agency in the off-season, whenever that might come. But, Clifford is hoping it doesn’t come to that.

“Kyle has really liked it and enjoyed it so far. It’s something we would be interested in and it’s something that the Leafs are interested in,” Reynolds said. But, it makes sense that with so much uncertainty surrounding the NHL’s potential resumption of play, next season’s salary cap and how tight things will be for the Maple Leafs, those talks will have to wait.

The team and the player likely have a pretty good chance of finding common ground. If Clifford wants to stay and the Maple Leafs need inexpensive depth players, it seems like a match made in heaven.

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