Who’s In and Who’s Out?: A Guide to the Maple Leafs’ 12 Pending Free Agents in 2024

With the Toronto Maple Leafs’ offseason in full swing for nearly three weeks now, the focus shifts gears to the future of the 12 pending free agents set to hit the open market of NHL free agency on July 1, 2024 – just five weeks away.

As change is always a guarantee across all 32 NHL organizations annually, the Leafs’ offseason may see its biggest conversion in the ‘Core Four’ era since its ascendance in the fall of 2016. The Leafs face a mix of eight unrestricted free agents (UFAs) and four restricted free agents (RFAs) leading up to the opening of the July 1, 2024, free agency period.

Here is a breakdown.

Unrestricted Free Agents (UFAs)

Max Domi (F)

who’s in and who’s out?: a guide to the maple leafs’ 12 pending free agents in 2024

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Domi came to Toronto on a one-year $3 million contract that he signed on July 3, 2024 – fulfilling his lifelong dream to wear the blue and white. He brings a forceful presence and elite playmaking abilities as a reliable faceoff man, which he demonstrated through his chemistry with Auston Matthews and his successful postseason campaign – scoring four points (1G, 3A) in seven games against the Boston Bruins paired with an impressive 67.5% faceoff win percentage at center.

Domi amounted to nine goals and 39 assists in the regular season – good enough for 47 points in 80 games. Tied with his grittiness and postseason style of play, he certainly won over the fanbase.

Since being drafted in 2013, Domi has played for seven different teams – and four in the last four years. It’s believed that he is looking for stability (term) on his next contract with the Leafs or another one of the 31 NHL teams. When asked about the possibility of resigning with Toronto this summer, Domi stated without hesitation “Absolutely. I think this team has everything it takes to do something special and I would love to help them do that.”

According to The Athletic’s Pierre Lebrun, there have already been conversations between the Leafs’ front office and Domi’s agent Judd Moldaver regarding getting a deal in place, but no numbers have been put forward.

Either way, Domi seems to be under the impression he has more to accomplish in Toronto.

Tyler Bertuzzi (F)

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Bertuzzi signed a one-year $5.5 million contract with the Leafs on July 2, 2024 – despite it being known he was in search of a longer-term deal. With the cap rising by $4 million and expected to continue to increase over the coming years, many free agents will be seeking term on their next deals – including Mr. Bertuzzi.

The 29-year-old struggled to find his footing early on in the 2023-24 season, but he did turn into the familiar fearless, playoff performer he had shown glimpses of in the past and was very much capable of becoming. He co-led the team in the postseason in points with four (1G, 3A), and found his game in the latter half of the regular season. Points-wise, Bertuzzi had 43 (21G, 22A), playing the most games in a season of his career (80).

When asked about his interest in remaining in Toronto at the Leafs’ end-of-season media availability, Bertuzzi stated: “That’s definitely something I’m open to. Coming into a new place, especially Toronto, it’s not easy. It took me a little bit on the ice to get going. But off the ice, the guys were great. Everything was top-notch. Me and my family really enjoyed our time here.”

According to Lebrun, there is a mutual interest in Bertuzzi returning to the Leafs with his agent, Todd Reynolds stating Thursday, “It’s early, but it’s out there that the Leafs want to re-sign him.”

If he hits the open market on July 1, it can be expected that there will certainly be an appetite for his services.

Joel Edmundson (D)

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Edmundson was acquired from the Washington Capitals ahead of the 2023-24 deadline, carrying a cap hit of $3.5 million – but the Leafs only had him on the books for $875,000 with 75 percent of his cap hit retained. Leafs general manager Brad Treliving was eager to add some stability, physicality, and most importantly, playoff experience on the backend.

The veteran defenseman recorded a lone assist in his 16 appearances for the Leafs in the regular season and the postseason combined, but his physical frame presented a bullying presence – one that is not easy to come by and a style that Treliving and Co. value on their blueline.

As 2019 Stanley Cup winner with the St. Louis Blues and now Maple Leafs head coach Craig Berube, it should be considered a possibility Edmundson re-ups and reunites with his previous coach in Toronto.

Ilya Lyubushkin (D) 

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Another salary-retained asset, Lyubushkin came to the Leafs via trade with the Anaheim Ducks on February 29th, 2024 at a cap hit of $687,500 despite playing on a $2.75 million contract. The 'Russian Bear' was seamlessly integrated back into the system he found himself in during his first tenure with the team in the 2021-22 season.

The big, right-handed, defenseman will have plenty of suitors and a multitude of offers that could expense him out of Toronto – just as it did in the summer of 2022 when he signed with the Buffalo Sabres. With a +4 rating in the postseason and three assists in seven games in the club’s opening-round series against the Bruins, he came as advertised. In his 19 appearances in the regular season, he had four assists.

It’s without a doubt Lyubushkin is a good fit for the Leafs going forward, but that doesn’t change the fact that he fits the mold for many other contenders as well. It will likely be difficult to retain him, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if Treliving at least attempted to.

T.J. Brodie (D)

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Brodie signed a four-year $20 million contract with the Leafs back in 2020, as a poised top-four defenseman to be added to the lineup. It really wasn’t until this year's playoff run that saw his production and value begin to decline as he was scratched for all but one game against the Bruins – confirming the lack of space for the veteran defenseman going forward.

In 300 combined regular season and postseason games in a Leafs uniform, Brodie scored nine goals and earned 80 assists for 89 points. Despite being relied on as a top-four defenseman for the majority of his tenure, his role in 2023-24 wasn’t sufficient to warrant any kind of extension.

According to Lebrun on Thursday, he is suggested to be garnering interest from some clubs with his agent, Paul Capizzano, telling him, "He looks forward to playing in the National Hockey League next year, whether in Toronto or elsewhere."

Mark Giordano (D)

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The hometown kid, Giordano was traded to the Leafs in March of 2022 before signing a $1.6 million contract carrying an $800,000 cap hit in 2023-24. With over 1,100 games of experience and a former Norris Trophy winner, he was a valued Maple Leaf over his three seasons with the team. Playing in a total of 162 games for the organization, he has amounted to nine goals and 40 assists in the regular and postseason.

At 40 years of age, the well-rounded, veteran defenseman did not find himself in the lineup for the 2023-24 postseason against the Bruins and there is a strong chance that he decides to hang up his skates and retire – although nothing has been made official.

Ilya Samsonov (G)

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Samsonov signed a one-year $1.8 million contract with the Leafs in the 2022 offseason as the team looked to find Jack Campbell’s replacement. After a successful campaign, in which he was the anchor in goal for the team’s first playoff series victory since 2004, the Leafs opted to sign Samsonov to another one-year deal – making him an unrestricted free agent again this summer.

For the Russian goaltender, like many other free agents, this time around he wants stability with a long-term deal.

“It's probably the biggest part. The last couple of years, seriously, the last three years, I'm just working with one deal contract. It's not too easy. It's not too easy for me,” said Samsonov at the team’s end-of-season media availability.

“I think I want to get some more stability. Maybe this will be nice if we get a couple of years or three years contract.”

Given his up-and-down season this year, which saw him be put on waivers in December, it’s a high possibility that the two sides will go their separate ways – with Treliving and the Leafs looking for stability themselves in the crease going forward, paired alongside Joseph Woll.

Samsonov has a record of 51-20-14 in 87 total games (through two seasons) with the Maple Leafs.

Martin Jones (G)

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The Leafs brought in Jones on a one-year $875,000 contract for the 2023-24 season, and okay, that turned into a very good decision. Having Jones available was crucial down the stretch for the Maple Leafs. With the unpredictable ups and downs thrown at them through Samsonov’s play and Woll’s inability to remain healthy, Jones filled the role perfectly as a primary depth goaltender.

In 22 appearances for the organization, the veteran goaltender held an 11-8-1 record with a 2.87 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. Jones was a prime example of the importance of having a strong, three-goaltender carousel to rely on. If he were to be open to a return on a deal that makes sense, I’d assume the Leafs wouldn’t hesitate to entertain it.

Restricted Free Agents (RFAs)

Nick Robertson (F)

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Atop the list of restricted free agents is none other than Nick Robertson, a prized depth piece that requires some serious decision-making. Now at 22 years of age, he was originally drafted by the Leafs in the second round (53rd overall) in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Coming in and out of the lineup throughout the 2023-24 season, the Leafs will need to choose a pathway for Robertson. His path in the NHL has not been easy as he has dealt with numerous injuries in the early stages of his career, previously missing more games than he had played, and is now simply looking for a consistent chance in the NHL.

He managed to stay healthy in the 2023-24 campaign playing in 56 games, more than all of his previous years combined and then some, scoring 14 goals paired with 13 assists for 27 points. It wouldn’t come as a surprise if the Leafs worked to strike a deal with Robertson, who still has limited NHL experience with no arbitration rights. His services produce a potential upside and lay the foundation for an interest in the Leafs’ management, as they currently hold all the cards.

Robertson has played in 87 total NHL games with 17 goals and 17 assists amounting to 34 points.

Noah Gregor (F)

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Gregor was uniquely picked by the Leafs after a professional tryout, earning himself a spot after training camp. On a one-year contract with a cap hit of $775,000, Gregor was effective as a bottom-six forward, creating more difficult decisions for the Leafs’ coaching staff come playoff time.

In the regular season, Gregor played in 63 games, scoring six goals and adding on six assists for 12 points. He would join the team in the latter half of their opening-round series against the Bruins, appearing in two games.

Unlike Robertson, Gregor has arbitration rights and is always an option for the Leafs if a fair deal is put in place between the two parties. Tight up against the cap, Gregor could be a cheaper option for a more affordable cost.

Connor Dewar (F)

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Dewar was acquired by the Leafs at the trade deadline back in March after Minnesota made him available with his arbitration rights kicking in this offseason. As a reliable defensive-minded forward, he was utilized in the bottom half of the forward group, especially when needing his services a man down.

In 17 regular season games with the Leafs, he scored a goal and added four assists for five points before appearing in six postseason games, tacking on an additional assist to his point total with the club.

Although not viewed as an immediate impact player, Dewar panned out to be a reliable two-way forward when called upon, largely in the postseason. As the Leafs made an effort to trade for him, aware of his arbitration situation, it could be possible they take a run at re-signing him to a short-term deal.

Timothy Liljegren (D)

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Liljegren, like Robertson, was drafted by the Leafs but instead was a first-round selection (17th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. As a right-shot defenseman, he is of tremendous value, especially when considering he was developed in the Leafs’ farm with the AHL Toronto Marlies and worked his way up to the big leagues.

In 2022, the Leafs seemingly committed to him, well, for the short term. He signed a two-year contract extension with a cap hit of $1.4 million, but at 25 years of age, the Leafs now need to decide whether they want to trade the Sweden native, or further commit to him.

After he was scratched for Brodie in the postseason, he voiced his dismay, but it raises the question of the value the Leafs hold within him. Without tremendous steps to substantial growth, a reasonable trade or another short-term deal seems to be a possibility.

On top of the 12 listed players, 15 other players on the roster are eligible for an extension on July 1. According to Puckpedia.com, the Leafs only have approximately $19.38 million to spend. Free agency poses itself as yet another roadblock in an already busy summer, with another multitude of difficult decisions waiting around the corner.

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