USA TODAY Sports: Maple Leafs Going All in for Ex-Sabres Star

Former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour is presently attempting to assist the Florida Panthers win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The Panthers are in a perfect position to make this come to fruition, as they enjoy a dominant 3-0 series lead over the Edmonton Oilers.

However, Montour will still be tremendously busy once this series is complete. The 30-year-old’s contract is ready to expire, and he will definitely be getting a substantial increase from his current $3.5 million cap cost. Due to the Panthers having numerous other big-name free agents, there is a real feeling that Montour could hit the market on July 1.

Brandon Montour

If the Panthers can’t come to terms with Montour on a new deal, he will be one of the hottest commodities in free agency. This is because he has evolved into a star in Florida and is easily the finest right-shot defenseman from this year’s class. According to Nick Kypreos, the Toronto Maple Leafs will be one of the clubs seeking Montour this summer if he hits free agency.

It is not shocking in the slightest that the Maple Leafs have Montour on their wishlist. They need to drastically strengthen the right side of their defense if they are to be a more major threat in the Eastern Conference next season. Signing Montour would help them attain this aim, since he is a real top-four defenseman who produces well offensively, plays a consistent defensive game, and isn’t afraid to throw the body.

While the Maple Leafs are likely to pursue Montour, they won’t be the only team interested in the former Sabre. We will need to wait and see what happens with Montour from here, but first, he must assist the Cats win the Stanley Cup.

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