It may be easier said than done. Facilitating any trade in the hard salary cap era is not easy. However, Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager (GM) Kyle Dubas should do whatever it takes to hold onto Rasmus Sandin, even if it means trading Jake Muzzin.
Dubas’ loyalty will be questioned this offseason, as he’s known both players for many years, dating back to their junior careers with the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds. At this point, however, it will likely come down to one or the other, and if it was up to me, Muzzin would be shipped out before July 13, when free agency opens.
Several Teams Could Use Muzzin’s Experience
The 33-year-old stay-at-home defenseman battled some serious injuries in 2021-22, including two concussions that were very close together. The Maple Leafs love Muzzin’s game and won’t be looking to get rid of him for nothing, even though they are desperate for salary cap space and could really use the $5.6 million he will be paid this season and next.
Muzzin is not getting any faster, and in the past two seasons, there have been times when he’s looked a step behind. With Mark Giordano signed for two more seasons, it now makes sense to test the market for Muzzin’s value and cash in at a very opportune time. A time when the club needs a starting goaltender and a second-line left-winger. A package starting with Muzzin and a prospect or two should open the door to some serious possibilities.