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Rasmus Sandin, Maple Leafs remain "Far off" from new contract




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The Toronto Maple Leafs and 22-year-old Defenseman Rasmus Sandin remain far apart on contract talks, according to Sportsnet.


Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Rasmus Sandin remains without a contract more than one month after becoming a restricted free agent. (Frank Franklin II/AP)


"Negotiations are going nowhere," Lewis Gross, Sandin’s agent, told Sportsnet Wednesday during a phone call.



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At the moment, the Maple Leafs have very little salary space to throw Sandin a raise without making another move first, according to Capfriendly.com.


The belief is that Sandin was offered a deal similar to Liljegren’s two-year, $2.8-million bridge contract.


"They're massive parts of our future," Dubas said at the NHL draft, lumping Liljegren into an answer on Sandin’s negotiation. "They're significantly younger than the other full-time members of our defence corps. And we need them to continue to take steps.



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Sandin scored five goals and had 16 points in 51 games in a third-pairing role for the Maple Leafs this past season.


In 5 playoff appearances as a Leaf, Sandin also put up 1 goal.


Dubas has praised Sandin's for his talent and competitiveness but has also challenged the Swede to grow into a top-four mainstay in Toronto.


"We see he and Timothy as both massive parts of it moving ahead," Dubas said.


Will the Maple Leafs be moving Sandin this off-season, or will they wait it out?


The Leafs will be able to go over the cap by $8.2 Million in the off-season, so there is nothing stopping them from signing Sandin at this point.





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