Toronto Maple Leafs: 10 Storylines Heading Into the Draft and Offseason

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Toronto Maple Leafs: 10 Storylines Heading Into the Draft and Offseason

May 21, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto Maple Leafs club president

Brendan Shanahan

gestures as he discusses the signing of new head coach Mike Babcock (right) during a media conference at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 8, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs right wing

Phil Kessel

(81) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Jackets won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the Chicago Blackhawks have shown the hockey world why they are a force to be reckoned with, after winning their third Stanley Cup in six years, it is time for Toronto Maple Leafs fans to move onto the offseason. This will involve several reports about the Leafs plans heading into the draft. They have finalized their coaching staff and still need to find a GM. Many of you have heard the name of one player who has dominated the Leafs rumour mill for last couple weeks. Imagine the reaction if the Leafs do not trade Phil Kessel.

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Since Elliotte Friedman reported that teams were approaching the Leafs at the draft combine regarding Kessel’s trade status, there has been endless debate on where he could go and what the Leafs could get in return – imagine if nothing transpires, would it surprise you? This is why the offseason is crucial for the Leafs, because there is so much expected to happen – although, whether it happens is another thing. Here is a rundown of the storylines that will follow the Leafs throughout the summer.