Report: Maple Leafs’ Kyle Clifford “Heads For Free Agency”


The Toronto Maple Leafs are set for a hectic summer after another early playoff exit. The search for new defensemen is on as GM Kyle Dubas tries to rebuild his blue line, and it’s even possible that goaltender Frederik Andersen made his final game for the Leafs.

Now, they may also have to find a new source of physicality for the depth lines.

Talk to Toronto SunTerry Koshan, Kyle Clifford’s agent, said the six-foot-two, 211-pound batsman will test the market as a UFA in October.

“He’s heading for free agency,” Todd Reynolds said in the sun. “That’s what’s going to happen and the Leafs know it.

According to Koshan, Reynolds acknowledged that the salary cap situation in Toronto had partly contributed to the two sides not being able to secure an extension. The Leafs have $ 6.1 million in projected cap space, per Cap Friendly, with a roster size of 18. Along with Clifford, Jason Spezza, Cody This and Tyson Barrie are also UFAs this offseason, while Ilya Mikheyev, Frederik Gauthier and Travis Dermott are the notable calls for demands in Toronto.

Toronto acquired Clifford and Los Angeles goaltender Jack Campbell on Feb.6 for Trevor Moore and a few draft picks. One of those picks was a conditional third round in 2021 that would have become a second-round pick had Toronto and Clifford agreed to overtime.

Clifford earned $ 1.6 million against the cap on his five-year contract and scored three points in 16 regular-season games with the Leafs, but has had zero points in five postseason games.


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