Sounds like Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager Kyle Dubas might have an old trick up his sleeve.
As Nathan Horton and David Clarkson's contracts are finally ready to come off the books, it seems he might go ahead and add another.
According to NHL insider Frank Seravalli the Leafs will likely add another big contract that they can shove on LTIR.
While there will be plenty available like Ryan Kesler, Marian Gaborik and Henrik Zetterberg, Seravalli says Marian Hossa tops the list.
"Now 41, Hossa has been living in his native Slovakia for the past few years after being unable to play as a result of a "progressive skin disorder." League doctors confirmed the validity of his injury, even though skeptics pointed out he walked away from the NHL after earning 94 per cent of his back-diving, $63.3 million contract. With a sizeable cap hit and just $1 million owed in real salary, the Coyotes acquired Hossa’s contract in 2018 and have also used it as a mechanism to exceed the cap. But it may not be required next season. Arizona has just $61 million committed and most of its key players are re-signed. If the Coyotes somehow find a way to keep Taylor Hall, or go on a spending spree, Hossa’s contract could prove valuable once again. With only one year left, it would also be of limited use to the Leafs."
So don't be surprised if you see the Leafs' trade for a big contract during the offseason.