Maple Leafs 2022 offseason outlook: Free agents, contracts, draft picks, incoming roster this summer

Another year, another first-round outing for the Maple Leafs.

Typically, a disappointing first-round outing would mean the rumor mill would be in full swing, talking about trading that player and firing that coach or general manager.

But while the sting of the result remains the same, there is a different feeling around this Toronto team. Their stars put in the performance they’re paid for, with Auston Matthews having a historic season and Mitch Marner with nearly 100 points. The team finished 54-21-7 in the regular season, the fourth-best record in the league.

Toronto scored the second most goals per game (3.80) and had the best power play (27.3%). They were a solid team that drew in the first round against back-to-back champions, resulting in an unfortunate but familiar conclusion.

While many may speculate about big changes coming to the organization, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Club President, Brendan Shanahan said at his year-end press conference he’s excited to be working with general manager Kyle Dubas and coach Sheldon Keefe next season, essentially confirming the return of the two. He also spoke of “not making changes for the sake of making changes.”

Each offseason, players come and go. But there is a promising core in Toronto built around its young superstars who are poised to make it big in this league. The moves made this offseason shouldn’t change that.

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Here’s a look at where the Maple Leafs are heading into the offseason.

All salaries come from spotrac.

The Maple Leafs’ Next Free Agents

Toronto has a ton of free agents ready to hit the market this summer. Three of UFAs, Mark Giordano, Ilya Lyubushkin and Colin Blackwell, were acquired by the deadline. Goaltender Jack Campbell is the biggest concern to lose.

Out of their RFA, Timothy Liljegren and Rasmus Sandin, two promising young blue linings, make the headlines of this group.

Unrestricted Free Agents Restricted Free Agents
Marc Giordano Timothy Liljegren
Jack Campbell Pierre Engval
Ilya Mikheev Ondrej Kase
Ilya Lyubushkin Rasmus Sandin
Jason Spezza
Colin Blackwell

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Maple Leafs future salaries, roster

As we all know, the core of this group is tied to a lot of dough. Between Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Mitch Marner, Morgan Rielly and William Nylander, these five occupy more than 50% of the cap (about 48 million out of 82.5 caps).

As a result, the rest of the squad was made up mostly of younger players on their entry-level contracts or veterans taking the league minimum.

Player 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25
Auston Matthews $11.64 million $11.64 million UFA
John Tavares $11 million $11 million $11 million
Mitch Marmer $10.903 million $10.903 million $10.903 million
Morgan Rielly $7.5 million $7.5 million $7.5 million
William Nylander $6.962 million $6.962 million UFA
Jake Muzzin $5.625 million $5.625 million UFA
TJ Brodie $5 million $5 million UFA
Petr Mrazek $3.8 million $3.8 million UFA
Alexandre Kerfoot $3.5 million UFA
justin holl $2 million UFA
David Kampf $1.5 million UFA
Michael Bunting $950,000 UFA
Wayne Simmonds $900,000 UFA
Nick Abruzzese $850,000 FRG
Kyle Clifford $762,500 $762,500 UFA
Joey Anderson $750,000 FRG
Erik Kallgren $750,000 FRG

Maple Leafs 2022 NHL Draft Pick

Toronto doesn’t have many picks in the 2022 draft. The club only has three for the offseason.

However, the Maple Leafs were able to retain their first-round pick for this draft, which was a big concern for Dubas at the trade deadline. He managed to make a few moves without giving up his first round this season.

Additionally, Toronto has a third-round pick and a seventh.

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A burning question

Who is the Maple Leafs starting goaltender next season?

Jack Campbell arrived during the 2020-21 season and stole the hearts of Leafs fans everywhere with his likeable personality. He added to that love by having a sensational first half of the 2021-22 NHL season.

Although his rear end wasn’t great, he recovered from a rib injury and was able to be a reliable No.1 option at net. However, he is a free agent this offseason and it is unclear whether or not he will be brought back.

Campbell said at his post-season press conference that he “likes to be a leaf” so the interest in a comeback is there on his side, and there certainly should be on the Toronto side. There aren’t many other options in the system right now, and certainly not ready to take over as a starter.

Erik Källgren and Dryden McKay are in the organization and could possibly be the answer one day, but they aren’t for the 2022-23 season. Källgren went 8-4-1 with a 3.31 GAA and 0.888 SV% in 14 appearances in the streak and McKay is fresh out of college.

Campbell proved last season that he was capable of being the starting goaltender, which is not an easy task to do in Toronto. He should be their top priority this offseason to bring back.

Christy J. Olson