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Elliotte Friedman indicates the Leafs and Campbell are all but done

It looks as though the two sides are headed for a split.

Michael Whitaker

The Toronto Maple Leafs are still searching for answers after yet another bitterly disappointing postseason setback that has now seen their playoff victory drought extend to 18 years of being unable to advance past Round 1. 

And while team president Brendan Shanahan announced last month that both general manager Kyle Dubas and head coach Sheldon Keefe would be returning, there still stands a chance that there could be turnover as far as players on the roster are concerned. One player who is set to become an unrestricted free-agent is goaltender Jack Campbell, who set personal bests this past season with 31 wins while making a career-high 47 stars in net. 

Campbell recorded a 31-9-6 record with Toronto this season, earning his first All-Star appearance. However, his stats began to dip in the second half of the season as the Leafs as a whole struggled defensively. And while he performed as well as anyone could reasonably have hoped for (aside from Game 4 in Tampa) in net in the postseason, are the Leafs prepared to pony up a hefty raise from the $1.6 million that he earned this year? 

According to the latest from NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman, it doesn't appear that way. 

"As for Jack Campbell, the last I’d heard is there hadn’t been any contract conversations for months and anything that was discussed — I’d heard the two sides were far apart — was, in the words of one source, “no longer relevant.” All his agent, Kurt Overhardt, would say is “there’s been no material contract conversation” since the end of the season."

Dubas will certainly have his fair share of choices this offseason when it comes to a potential replacement for Campbell between the Leafs' pipes, though there will almost certainly be a contingent of fans who are disappointed should the man they affectionately refer to as "Soup" is allowed to depart.