The Maple Leafs made a trade and put five players on waivers Sunday as they try to get under the NHL salary cap by Monday night.
General manager Brad Treliving’s unavoidable math problem from earlier this summer was finally addressed on Sunday, but at the expense of solid winger Sam Lafferty, who was dealt to the Vancouver Canucks for a fifth-round draft pick in 2024.
That takes Lafferty’s US$1.15 million salary off the books and opens the door for Noah Gregor on the bottom six forwards depth chart. Gregor, the former San Jose Shark, was on a professional tryout contract, and can now be added at or around the minimum salary for $775,000. The slight savings are all-important to the cap-crunched Leafs, even with Jake Muzzin, Matt Murray and Conor Timmins headed for Long Term Injured Reserve before Toronto’s NHL season begins Wednesday at home against Montreal.
Treliving’s hand was also forced in net where his summer signing of Martin Jones will require the veteran to clear waivers Monday. The Leafs have young Joseph Woll in line to be Ilya Samsonov’s back-up, but he would almost certainly not clear if included in Sunday’s wire list with defencemen Simon Benoit, William Lagesson and forwards Dylan Gambrell and Kyle Clifford.
Lafferty was one of the few NHLers to dress in Toronto’s final exhibition game on Saturday in Detroit, scoring a late-game goal in a 4-3 loss.
Lafferty was included in February’s big trade with Chicago along with defenceman Jake McCabe as part of a larger package for a conditional first round pick in 2025 and a second rounder.
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