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Maple Leafs setting up for trade despite NHL shutdown

They need to make room and can use the time to get a plan in order!

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When the 2020 offseason begins (whenever that will be), Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas is going to have his work cut out for him. The general manager needs to sort out what he’s going to do with pending free agents like Tyson Barrie, Cody Ceci, Travis Dermott, Jason Spezza, Kyle Clifford and others. 

However, it seems like one of these guys could be pushed on the trade block, despite the NHL shutdown due to the pandemic. Many insiders believe the Maple Leafs could dangle Dermott in a trade, especially now that he has signed Mikko Lehtonen to a contract. 

It is no secret that the Leafs have forever been linked to dealing either Alexander Kerfoot, Kasperi Kapanen or Andreas Johnsson, and who knows, 
Dermott could a be used in a package with one of them in part of a bigger deal to bring in a partner for Rielly.

Dermott is still only 23 years old and is set to become a restricted free agent off his current entry level deal that is paying him $863,333 annually. He recorded four goals and nine points in 47 games before the season came to a halt. 

It sure looks like the Leafs will look to make a major move this offseason, and Dermott’s name could be involved.