The Toronto Maple Leafs suffered another disappointing exit in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2020 and following their exit there was plenty of talk regarding what kind of changes were going to be made to the team.
We've already seen our first major shift from the Maple Leafs with general manager Kyle Dubas shipping forward Kasperi Kapanen off to Pittsburgh as part of a six player deal with the big returns for Toronto coming in the form of prospect Filip Hallander and of course Pittsburgh first round draft selection. Another name that has often been mentioned in trade rumors since the Leafs playoff exit has been that of goaltender Frederik Andersen. Many believe that Andersen's inability to close out big games for the Leafs will bring an end to his tenure in Toronto and even several pundits have gone on record suggesting either that it is time to move on or even in some cases that Andersen has played his final game as a Leaf.
I don't think it will be that easy of a decision from general manager Kyle Dubas but the reality is that there will be some juicy names out there on the free agent market this offseason, and perhaps even some very sexy trade options with rumors floating around other goaltenders like Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper. What we do know for sure though is that at least one team has expressed interest in acquiring Andersen from the Maple Leafs and funnily enough that team is the Carolina Hurricanes.
Sportsnet Elliotte Friedman revealed on Sunday that the Hurricanes have shown interest, he did add however that the Leafs would not be giving up Andersen for nothing. From Friedman:
The Carolina Hurricanes have interest in Frederik Andersen, but Toronto’s made it clear it has no desire to make a move just for the sake of change. If it happens, it’s for an upgrade, which means the Maple Leafs could wait to see how a loaded group of goaltending free agents shakes out.
I say funnily enough because the Hurricanes actually drafted Andersen all the way back in 2010, in the 7th round no less, but he re-entered the draft in 2012 where he was of course selected by the Anaheim Ducks, the team he would debut with in the National Hockey League. The Hurricanes do not have an upgrade available in net for the Leafs though so either Dubas will have to feel confident in his ability to replace Andersen through other means or the Hurricanes will have to make him an offer he can't refuse.