The Toronto Maple Leafs have released a statement noting that defenseman Jake Muzzin is going to be out of action for the remainder of this season, including the regular season and playoffs. The Maple Leafs will keep Muzzin on LTIR for the year, opening up over $4 million in cap space and the team could look to the trade market to find a replacement, assuming the team is willing to move the pieces required to land what they need.
Muzzin has been out of action for most of the season, having played in only four games with the team in 2022-23. NHL.com writes, “The club will provide a further update as to his status at training camp in September 2023.” Because this is a cervical spine injury, some believe this could be it for Muzzin and his NHL career might be over. If so, he had a great run.
What Will The Maple Leafs Do Now?
With $4.4 million in cap space and with the certainty that Muzzin won’t be back, GM Kyle Dubas does have the ability to go out and target someone for the blue line. From more expensive to less costly, there are plenty of names out there that might be of interest. The issue for Dubas is what he moves to complete a trade as he doesn’t have much left in terms of draft capital and he noted after trading for Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari that he did so, in part, because he could make the deal without moving prospects or roster players.
Is there a forward or a defenseman the Maple Leafs would move that would allow them to make an upgrade? There are just under 10 days left to find out if there’s a team willing to take on one of Dubas’ lesser players and a later draft pick to make a deal work.
Next: Three Takeaways from Maple Leafs’ 6-3 Win Over Sabres
Leave a Reply
NHL News/ 1 day ago
Oilers Quick Hits: McDavid, Hyman, Skinner, Nurse
Heading into an important game against the Vegas Golden Knights, many of the Oilers...
NHL News/ 2 days ago
POTUS Joe Biden Makes Fun of Toronto Maple Leafs
POTUS Joe Biden says he likes every NHL hockey team except the Toronto Maple...
Edmonton Oilers/ 3 days ago
How Huge are 60 Goals in 72 Games Played for Connor McDavid?
Connor McDavid has now scored 60 goals in the 2022-23 season. How big a...
NHL News/ 6 days ago
Revisiting Oilers’ Decision to Sign and Retain Evander Kane
The Edmonton Oilers love their decision to sign and retain Evander Kane. He's settled...
NHL News/ 1 week ago
Three Takeaways from Maple Leafs’ 5-2 Win Over Hurricanes
Last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of...
NHL News/ 1 week ago
Oilers News and Notes: Hyman, Kulak, McLeod, Foegele
News and notes surrounding the Edmonton Oilers as they get set for a Saturday...
Insider Talks Why Miller Trade Fell Apart, If Canucks Will Try Again
There was chatter just ahead of the trade deadline that the Canucks might try...
Capitals Sign Trevor van Riemsdyk to a 3-Year Contract Extension
The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to a three-year contract extension.
Chuck Fletcher Fired by Flyers, Daniel Briere Takes Over
Chuck Fletcher has been fired as the Philadelphia Flyers GM and President, with Daniel...
Oilers Looked at Chychrun and Gudas Before Pivoting to Ekholm
The Edmonton Oilers had a number of hooks in the water during trade deadline...
Pingback: Coyotes Trade Dysin Mayo to Golden Knights For Weber and Pick
Pingback: Coyotes Trade Dysin Mayo to Golden Knights For Weber and Pick – Hockey 1 on 1
Pingback: Coyotes Profession Dysin Mayo to Golden Knights For Weber and also Select | Gems Hockey
Pingback: Blackhawks Acquire Nikita Zaitsev from Senators
Pingback: Blackhawks Acquire Nikita Zaitsev from Senators – Hockey 1 on 1
Pingback: Blackhawks Acquire Nikita Zaitsev from Senators | Gems Hockey