Toronto Maple Leafs’ Protected List

PROTECTED PLAYERS

F  Tyler Bozak

F  Connor Brown

F  Nazem Kadri

F  Leo Komarov

F  Josh Leivo

F  Matt Martin

F  James van Riemsdyk

D  Connor Carrick

D  Jake Gardiner

D  Morgan Rielly

G  Frederik Andersen

That was more or less what everybody suspected, but one player that does surprise me is Matt Martin. I thought that they would leave him exposed and use his contract as a form of protection. (2.5 million for a fourth line winger? George McPhee ain’t that stupid)

AVAILABLE PLAYERS

F  Brian Boyle

F  Eric Fehr

F  Colin Greening

F  Seth Griffith

F  Teemu Hartikainen

F  Brooks Laich

F  Brendan Leipsic

F  Joffrey Lupul

F  Milan Michalek

F  Kerby Rychel

F  Ben Smith

D  Andrew Campbell

D  Matt Hunwick

D  Alexey Marchenko

D  Martin Marincin

D  Steve Olesky

D  Roman Polak

G  Antoine Bibeau

G  Curtis McElhinney

G  Garret Sparks

Again, no real surprises. Let me tell you something though. We as Leafs’ fans are very fortunate to have such a tame list. Look at teams like Washington who exposed T.J. Oshie and Philipp Grubauer or the Nashville Predators who exposed Mike Fisher and Colton Sissons. What a shame.

Everyone on that Leafs exposed list is replaceable and won’t cause any damage to the team, which is absolutely amazing.

 

 

 

 

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