Toronto Maple Leafs Ilya Mikheyev free agency

The Toronto Maple Leafs have informed teams that they are open to trading the rights to pending unrestricted free agent Ilya Mikheyev, reports TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun.

Mikheyev, 27, is coming off a career-best season, scoring 21 goals and 32 points. He added two goals and four points in seven playoff games.

The capped Maple Leafs are expected to have $6.4 million in cap space, per CapFriendly, with 18 players under contract for next season.

Along with Mikheyev, goalkeeper Jack Campbell is also slated for unlimited free agency. TSN Hockey Insider Chris Johnston reported last week that the Maple Leafs had made neither player an offer.

“What strikes me is that the Leafs apparently haven’t made an offer yet,” Johnston said of conversations with Campbell and Mikheyev. “There’s ongoing dialogue and they’ve had discussions with those guys’ camps, but no numbers were exchanged, no real negotiations and this is starting to feel like some guys we’ve seen in the past walk out the door when you go to Zach.” Hyman watches and Frederik Andersen in recent years.

“Keep in mind that Mikheyev is looking for $4 to 5 million in the open market and Campbell could even go north of that, depending on where the goalkeepers market goes on the 13th.”

Mikheyev is out of a $3.29 million two-year deal with an average annual value of $1.6 million.

The native of Omsk, Russia has 36 goals and 72 points in 146 NHL career games, all with Toronto.

Kyle Dubas, general manager of Maple Leafs, held talks with the Edmonton Oilers about Zach Hyman’s rights last summer, but ultimately chose not to trade.

“We know the value of the eighth year with the cap savings and so if a fair deal can be made to do that, we will,” Dubas said before free agency last summer. “But we’ve been in that situation before [too], and the other GMs don’t help you there; they pull the pin out of the grenade and throw it at you.

“I know there’s a story that we just need to get something, but you save a team significant dollars on the salary cap and that comes with costs, and we’re not going to stoop [what we think is fair]†

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