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Bob McKenzie On Phil Kessel And UFAs

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

- There's going to be considerable (trade) speculation, obviously, about the futures of Phil Kessel and many more Maple Leafs leading up to the draft.

Toronto is looking to rebuild and the Leafs' veteran core players will generate varying degrees of interest. Most of them have limited no trade clauses.

Kessel's limited NTC is believed to include eight teams he can be traded to. Prior to the trade deadline, TSN reported those eight teams were believed to be: Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; Minnesota; Montreal; New York Rangers; Philadelphia; and Pittsburgh.

But that doesn't preclude the possibility of the Leafs finding a suitable deal with a team not on the list and asking the player to amend the list. Also, with each new contract year, it's believed a new list can be submitted by the player so the list can change from year to year. The contract year expires June 30.

- The 2015 unrestricted free agent class is not perceived to have a lot of marquee value, especially as it pertains to forwards, but there does appear to be keen interest in what looks like an intriguing list of defencemen.

Amongst those expected to be available on July 1 are: Pittsburgh's Paul Martin and Christian Ehrhoff; Los Angeles's Andrej Sekera; Chicago's Johnny Oduya; and, Washington's Mike Green, amongst others.

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d ca's avatar

Of those teams listed: Boston, Chicago, NYR, Pittsburgh and Philly all would have significant salary cap issues to take on a 8M cap hit.

Bet he waives it just to get out of Toronto.

Posted by d ca on 06/13/15 at 05:26 PM ET

Chip4Pips's avatar

Didn’t I read somewhere that the Wings were one of the teams in on Reilly?

Posted by Chip4Pips on 06/13/15 at 06:58 PM ET

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