According to a report, the Toronto Maple Leafs are exploring the trade market for Josh Leivo, but what is the likelihood of the winger being moved?
It’s been a busy couple of day for the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, there’s still more work to be done, as they look to confirm their standing as a bona fide contender for the Stanley Cup.
As such, don’t expect the rumors to stop anytime soon. Case in point, is the latest news relating to Josh Leivo.
According to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, the Leafs are exploring the trade market for Leivo. This is not the first time he has been subject to trade speculation.
Back in February, the winger reportedly asked to either be put back into the lineup, or moved before the Feb. 26 trade deadline. He did later clarify his preference was to remain in Toronto, but stressed he just wanted to play.
At the time, the trade request seemed somewhat surprising, as Leivo had only signed a contract extension in November of last year. However, his frustration was perfectly understandable, given his lack of time on the ice.
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Not much had changed by the end of the 2017-18 campaign, as the 25-year-old was repeatedly a healthy scratch and he finished with just 16 appearances. And while this represented a new high, his overall play took a step back from the season before.
When considering the interest level in Leivo, one of the things teams will most focus on, is his contract. He has one season remaining on his current deal before he becomes a restricted free agent, and it comes with a $925,000 cap hit.
Turning to the Innisfil, Ontario native’s talent, he has already proved to be extremely effective at the lower levels, but he has no interest in taking a step back. Of course, the question remains as to if he has what it takes to succeed in the NHL?
Leivo certainly has the build and he works hard, with and without the puck. He does have some upside, but he projects to be no higher than a bottom-six option.
Talking of which, if the 2011 third round draft pick does stick around in Toronto, he will again struggle to find playing time in the lineup. The best he can hope for on the roster, is a place on the fourth line.
Overall, you know Leivo will be open to a move, as long as he has more of an opportunity to see ice time. Now, it’s just a case of the Toronto Maple Leafs finding an appropriate trade partner.
How do you rate Leivo? Do you believe he is worthy of a place in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ lineup, or is it time for him to move on? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.