It’s been more than two years since the Leafs traded their first pick, and while there’s been a lot of excitement surrounding the next generation of young talent coming through the system, they’ve still got a long way to go.
While most of the Leafs have been working on a long-term contract extension, there’s still plenty of room to be had in free agency.
While there have been a number of intriguing trade candidates over the past few years, the Leafs haven’t had a player that has been able to make the jump from the AHL to the NHL and to have a real impact, at least in terms of minutes played.
But it looks like that’s changing.
The 25-year-old, who is entering his second season in the NHL, says that he’s a different player than last year.
In fact, he says he’s been in a different spot for the past two years than last.
“I think I’ve been a different person.
I’ve changed a lot.
I’m just trying to make sure I’m on the same page as my teammates and the coaching staff.
So when I see something that’s different, I try to be a little more creative,” he told reporters after practice on Wednesday.”
Just working hard, trying to find something and not worrying about things and being ready for it.
So that’s what I’ve done, I’ve tried to find the best path for myself to be on.
But that’s going to take a little bit of time, so I’ll see where it goes.
I don’t know where that will take me.
I think I’m a different goalie.”
The Leafs are in desperate need of a goaltender.
It seems like they might be able to pull it off with the acquisition of goalie Connor Hellebuyck, but they’ve got plenty of competition for that position, and they might have to move forward with their goalie for now.
The Leafs need to bring back goaltender Auston Matthews.
He’s signed through 2019, and it’s been clear that the team isn’t willing to part with the top pick to get a player who would improve their playoff chances.
That’s not going to happen, of course, but the Leafs might have some luck.
They can sign veteran netminder Cam Ward to a long term contract in order to keep him with the team through the 2019-20 season.
They also have some free agents to add to the mix.
They could bring back goalie Jhonas Enroth, who was traded to Carolina last summer.
The team also has some cap space that they can use to acquire a prospect who would make them better in the long run.
There are also a number that the Leafs can use on prospects that they could potentially use to help them get back to the playoffs next season.
There’s plenty of time for the Leafs to make some moves, and there’s a lot they can do to make this happen.