ESPN Sad News: Just In Toronto Maple Leafs Top Veteran Decline New Contract And Confirm He Wants To Leave

**Maple Leafs Considering Parting Ways with Veteran Forward**

The Toronto Maple Leafs might part ways with veteran forward David Kampf this summer due to his high cost as a fourth-line player.

Nick Kypreos, a columnist and former NHL player, suggested that Kampf, the Maple Leafs’ fourth-line center and key penalty-killer, might be traded. Known for his defensive skills, Kampf’s cap hit of $2.4 million per season makes him an expensive option for his role.

Kypreos wrote in the Toronto Star:

“The bottom-six forwards need attention. Is David Kämpf still in the plans for the Leafs’ checking line? They might let him go. Can prospect Fraser Minton replace him, or should they look for an NHL-ready player elsewhere?”

NHL insider Chris Johnston also indicated the Leafs might consider moving Kampf, along with other players. On The Chris Johnston Show, he stated:

“They would consider moving Kampf, [Calle] Jarnkrok, or Timothy Liljegren in the right deal. This isn’t to say they’re trying to get rid of them at all costs, but the Leafs are tight against the salary cap.”

Johnston noted the Leafs have made changes to their blue line and goaltending but might need to be creative to address forward changes.

**Not Enough Room to Keep the Expensive Kampf**

Kampf’s primary role has been defensive, and he has been a key player on the penalty kill for three seasons. Despite these valued attributes, his salary poses a problem. Additionally, his faceoff percentage dropped to 50.9% this past season, his worst since joining the Leafs.

Kampf is in the second year of a four-year contract signed in June 2023. With the Leafs currently $694,000 over the salary cap, according to CapFriendly, freeing up Kampf’s salary could help alleviate their cap issues.

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