Now is the perfect time for the Toronto Maple Leafs to start looking for a trade return for versatile forward Alex Kerfoot.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are as usual up against it in terms of salary cap, with Alex Kerfoot and his $3.5 million cap being the ideal deal to put on the market.
Likewise, with Kerfoot coming off his best season yet in the NHL, there are bound to be teams willing to add him to their rosters.
There’s hardly a team in the league that isn’t interested in a center or center winger who has a decent speed spin and has been used in recent years as a key part of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ penalty kick.
Toronto Maple Leafs must look for value for Alex Kerfoot
Perhaps the only reason the Toronto Maple Leafs won’t be able to work out a deal for Alex Kerfoot is the fact that, for the first time in his career, he has a modified no-trade clause, meaning he can include 10 teams. to avoid.
Given the structure of his contract, he would be of great appeal to some basement dwellers, with a base salary of just $750,000 (per CapFriendly), this will limit the Leafs’ potential business partners, to be sure.
Kerfoot surpassed the 50-point mark (with 51 points) for the first time in his career this season, although only 13 of those were goals. His value is not in scoring goals.
In many ways, the Toronto Maple Leafs have already made deals similar to what we might expect from an Alex Kerfoot trade.
Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen had contracts similar to Kerfoot’s; Johnsson was signed for $3.4 million while Kapanen was signed for $3.2 million.
Both offered value to the team on special teams, but ultimately too rich deals were signed for the middle of the lineup, as was Kerfoot, though neither had the same track record of routinely being above the 40-point mark or positional versatility.
When you look at the trades that brought them to New Jersey and Pittsburgh, respectively, you’re not getting a fantastic return.
Johnsson brought back Joey Anderson, who appears to be on the cusp of a top-six role next year. The remaining key piece in the Kapanen deal was the 15th overall pick (used to draft Rodion Amirov).
Riding off a 51-point season, the Toronto Maple Leafs need to get past Alex Kerfoot if only to make sure they can bring back the likes of Jack Campbell, Pierre Engvall and Mark Giordano.
Alex Kerfoot doesn’t really have a bloated contract when you consider the fact that he was the seventh leading scorer on the Leafs’ roster this season. In fact, among the names above him on that list, only Michael Bunting in his bargain deal was cheaper.
As much as it would be great to keep him around, he has to move this summer. Such is the challenge of a salary cap dominated by five basic contracts.