Leafs allegedly interested in top San Jose defenseman

Could he be among the key acquisitions by Brad Treliving?

Michael W.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have several pending free agents on their current roster, including several defensemen that include T.J. Brodie, Joel Edmundson and Mark Giordano. 

And while it's heavily unlikely that all three will be back with the team next year, they're already reportedly setting eyes on acquiring a top blue liner from out west. Via Leafs Latest, Toronto is interested in San Jose Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro, whom they also allegedly were interested in acquiring during this most recent season: 

"The Leafs are among the teams believed to have a strong interest in Mario Ferraro, with their interest dating back to the middle of the season. The Leafs had their eyes on Ferraro and Sharks forward Luke Kunin during the season, and it's possible that Brad Treliving will circle back on both this offseason. But given the competition, he might need to move quickly."

A native of Toronto, Ferraro was drafted by the Sharks with the 49th overall (Round 2) pick of the 2017 NHL Draft. While not known for his offense, he routinely plays 22-23+ minutes a game. He still has two years remaining on his contract that carries an AAV of $3.25 million. 

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