Toronto Maple Leafs evaluating Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen for potential trade
"Discover the latest on the Leafs' pursuit of Flyers defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen. Will this NHL trade rumor materialize?

In the ever-evolving world of NHL trade rumors, a new development has emerged concerning the Toronto Maple Leafs and their interest in Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.

Sources from The Fourth Period reveal that the Leafs have been actively scouting Ristolainen, sparking speculation about a potential trade.

Last Wednesday marked a significant step in this development, with the Flyers and Leafs engaging in preliminary talks about Ristolainen.

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However, the conversation appears to be in its infancy, with several hurdles to overcome. The Leafs are particularly cautious about Ristolainen’s contract, which extends for three more years. Moreover, the financial aspect of the deal is a sticking point, with Toronto seeking salary retention on Ristolainen’s $5.1 million annual average value (AAV).

The Philadelphia Flyers, on the other hand, are open to negotiations but are hesitant to commit to salary retention for Ristolainen. They are already committed to retaining a portion of Kevin Hayes’ salary until 2026, which complicates their financial flexibility.

Adding to the complexity of these discussions is Toronto’s firm stance on their prospects. The Leafs have made it clear that forward prospects Easton Cowen and Frazer Minten are off the table. This unwavering position has reportedly caused some frustration within the Flyers’ camp, who might be seeking promising young talents in exchange.

Despite these challenges, the interest from the Leafs signifies a strategic move to bolster their defensive line. Ristolainen, known for his physical play and defensive prowess, could be a valuable addition to the Maple Leafs’ roster, complementing their offensive strengths.

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  1. Why would the Flyers trade Rasmus Ristolainen, they are playing some of the best hockey in years, plus Toronto doesn’t have cap space for his contract at $5.5 million and a cap hit of $5.1 million. Be much wiser to add Ilya Lyubushkin, at $2,750.000 (2024 5 round pick) and or Tyler Tucker from St. Louis at 750K (2026 6 round pick) and still have some money left to trade for a forward …..then trade one of your defenceman, Timmins, Lagesson along with Robertson for a forward with size like a Lawson Crouse (wishful thinking) but more realistically a player like Brett Leason from Anaheim or a Givani Smith from the Sharks.


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