Agent: Leafs, Clifford mutually interested in extension
The Toronto Maple Leafs and pending unrestricted free agent forward Kyle Clifford are mutually interested in a contract extension.
“Kyle has really liked it and enjoyed it so far,” Clifford’s agent, Todd Reynolds, told the Toronto Sun's Terry Koshan of his client's time with the Leafs. “It’s something we would be interested in and it’s something that the Leafs are interested in.”
Talks about a new deal aren't imminent, as the NHL has plenty to figure out during its coronavirus-induced break that began March 12.
Clifford was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings along with goaltender Jack Campbell in exchange for Trevor Moore and a pair of draft picks. Clifford played 16 contests with the Maple Leafs before the season was postponed, registering three points while providing a physical element the team lacked before he arrived.
The 29-year-old is in the final season of a five-year pact that pays him $1.6 million annually. Clifford is one of four pending UFAs on the Leafs' books, along with Jason Spezza, Tyson Barrie, and Cody Ceci.