In case you missed it, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded veteran forward Matt Martin to the New York Islanders yesterday in exchange for minor league goaltender Eamon McAdam.
Isles Transaction: The team has acquired Matt Martin from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Eamon McAdam.
The move amounts to little more than a salary dump for the Leafs, as they free themselves from Martin’s $2.5 million annual commitment for the next two seasons and open up a roster spot for a young player like Andreas Johnsson, Frederik Gauthier or Par Lindholm.
In the lead up to yesterday’s trade with the Islanders, multiple NHL insiders were reporting that Martin could be on the move, along with youngster Josh Leivo. Martin, of course, was dealt, but Leivo remains with the team… so what gives?
Check out this report from The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta yesterday:
The Maple Leafs have a few different irons in the fire on both the trade front and UFA market. Told they’re still pursuing de Haan, while they’re exploring trade market on Martin & Leivo.
Martin’s gone, Calvin de Haan signed with the Carolina Hurricanes… so again, what gives with Leivo? Could he still be in play on the trade market? For what it’s worth, the 25 year old winger is signed to a reasonable $925,000 contract for the 2018-19 season and doesn’t appear to be in the Leafs’ plans. He reportedly requested a trade last season after experiencing frustration with his spot in the team’s pecking order.
Leave played just 16 games for the Leafs last season, scoring one goal and four points. You have to imagine that a rebuilding team like the Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks or Arizona Coyotes would make room for the kid, but the question is what would Leafs GM Kyle Dubas ask for in return? Draft picks? Some minor league depth?
Then again, chances are Leivo will be subject to waivers at some point during the 2018-19 campaign, so maybe the Leafs would be smart to get something for him now while they still can, rather than risk losing him for nothing during the season.