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Frederik Andersen Could Be a Fixture on Trade Block This Coming Season

Despite being pegged the designated starter for the Maple Leafs, Frederik Andersen could stay on the trade block.

Despite trade rumors for a much of the early offseason that goaltender Frederik Andersen might be on the move out of Toronto, the Maple Leafs elected to stick with Andersen in net. The team made other additions, focusing on depth, defense and grit and the franchise will head into 2020-21 season with a one-two of Andersen and Jack Campbell.

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The expectation from the team is that Andersen will take another step forward, offering more consistency than he did this past campaign. To help him do so, speculation is that Campbell will play more, thus easing the burden in a condensed season. It doesn’t hurt that the backup will be pushing the starter in a contract year.

Frederik Andersen Leafs trade
Frederik Andersen Leafs trade

Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun writes:

We’re curious to see whether Andersen will derive any motivation from the fact he will be playing for a new contract. A sharp regular season, followed by playoff success, could make him one of the highest-paid goalies in free agency in 2021, even with the financial restraints that are still likely going to be part of the NHL landscape because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s free agency goaltending crop saw a lot of players land with new teams. And, while money was tight, a few netminders landed some pretty sizable deals. Next offseason, Andersen should be in that group if he plays up to expectations.

What Does That Mean for the Maple Leafs?

Nick Kypreos said he believes a strong season by Andersen could earn the goalie a similar deal to what Jacob Markstrom just signed with the Calgary Flames. Landing a six-year contract worth $6 million per, this is not a deal the Leafs can likely afford.

Zach Hyman Toronto Maple Leafs
Zach Hyman Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs have approximately $66.6-million committed for the 2021-22 season. That includes seven forwards, five defencemen and Campbell. GM Kyle Dubas will have to keep some of that money aside for forward Zach Hyman. A year after that, Morgan Rielly is up for renewal. To say the Leafs will have more cap issues is an understatement.

The alternative to losing him for nothing in free agency like the Canucks did Markstrom would be trade Andersen. That’s not ideal either considering the Leafs look like a playoff team, but not be much of a contending one with Campbell-Aaron Dell tandem.

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