That’s true for every new season, a reality of trades, free agency and the overall business side of the sport.
But it’s not just that some numbers and nameplates will be different next season; the Maple Leafs figure to have more depth on their back end, which should spawn some healthy competition.
“Yeah, it’s exciting,” Dermott said Saturday on a Zoom call with reporters. “I mean, I always like a competition, so we’ll see how camp goes whenever that gets started.
“… It’s gonna get guys to push each other, and really force guys to be their best version of themselves and be really prepared in time for camp.”
Tyson Barrie and Cody Ceci are out, but in their place are T.J. Brodie, Mikko Lehtonen and Zach Bogosian, all acquired via free agency. Expanded roles could be in the cards for youngsters Rasmus Sandin (2018 first-round pick) and Timothy Liljegren (2017 first-round pick), too.
Dermott, who ranked fourth among returning Maple Leafs defencemen in ice time from 2019-20, won’t take his minutes for granted. He knows what’s at stake.
“I know how I play at my best, so I think that’s what they expect for me,” he said. “Anything less, then there’s guys biting at my heels to get in and steal my job, so my job is to come in and play my game and do exactly what they want me to do.”
- Josh Anderson delivers playoff-type effort at crucial time for Canadiens
- Oilers get taste of playoff hockey in hard-fought Canadiens series
- How hot are the A’s? With an improbable 11th straight win, let’s say they’re sizzling
- Seth Rollins’ Reacts To Fan Poll On Twitter With Roman Reigns
- Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston Crash Into The Elite’s Hangout, Darby Allin vs. Jungle Boy
- Padres’ Lamet exits early, set for MRI on forearm
- Texas Tech Red Raiders: CFN College Football Preview 2021
- The Waggle Extra: Ambrosie & taking the field in 2021
- Back 2 Basics: Learning the Landmine Row
- WWE NXT Viewership For 4/20/21