Maple Leafs sign Travis Dermott to 2-year deal; may still be exposed to Seattle Kraken

Travis Dermott expansion draft
Apr 18, 2021; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott (23) skates against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. Canucks won 3- 2 in Overtime. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday signed restricted free agent defenseman Travis Dermott to a two-year, $3 million contract extension through the 2022-23 season.

While it’s nice to have the contract taken care of, there’s no guarantee he will be playing for the Leafs next season.

Maple Leafs sign Dermott; may be left unprotected

“It’s a possibility,” Dermott said about being exposed to the Kraken on July 21st. “Nothing was assured that I wasn’t going anywhere, that’s for sure.”

Dermott, 24, contributed six points (two goals, four assists) in 51 regular season games and appeared in three playoff games for the Maple Leafs in 2020-21.

The Ontario native has 47 points (11 goals, 36 assists), 86 penalty minutes and a plus-24 rating in 208 games since making his NHL debut with Toronto in 2017-18.

The Maple Leafs selected Dermott in the second round (34th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Several mock expansion drafts have Dermott or Alex Kerfoot as the Kraken’s selection.

–Field Level Media