The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to trade starting goalie Frederik Andersen in the coming weeks and it's going to be interesting what kind of a return the team gets.
All year long we heard that the Leafs would trade one of Kasperi Kapanen, Alexander Kerfoot or Andreas Johnsson to try and get some defensive help.
In the end, Kapanen was basically dealt for a first round pick.
So what could the desired return be on an Andersen trade?
According to James Mirtle of The Athletic, pretty much the same thing.
"One team I talked to said this was their understanding of the asking price: “Something useful… and not that expensive.”
Moving Andersen for another goalie is going to be tough. Carolina is interested, but they’d likely only want to do something like flipping Petr Mrazek back the other way, which doesn’t help Toronto at all, aside from saving a couple million.
Instead, the better play seems to be for futures – like the Kapanen deal – and then parlay those (and the cap space) into getting help elsewhere."
So if you're expecting a blockbuster trade involving Andersen, you can probably forget it.
Instead expect Andersen to be flipped for a couple of draft picks and maybe prospects which can be used to trade for a goalie or have the Leafs' use that open space for one of the free agents goalies soon to be on the market.