Today, after making one big trade and adding some depth players, Kyle Dubas met with the media where he was informed of the Aho offer sheet mid-scrum.

To review:

Updated with contract dollars: Nikita Zaitsev and Connor Brown for Cody Ceci is official

The contract for Cody Ceci is just a report so far and is not final.

Now Official: Toronto Maple Leafs sign Jason Spezza to a one year deal

Also reported, but not yet official are deals for Nick Shore and Kenny Agostino as well as Kevin Gravel.

Maple Leafs are expected to sign Nick Shore
Maple Leafs will sign Kenny Agostino for two years - report
Leafs Sign Defenceman Kevin Gravel For One Year, $700,000

TSN has the full press scrum here, and the Leafs posted this edit:

On Cody Ceci, Dubas is at first a little vague on Ceci’s potential usage and just says he thinks the expectations of Ceci will be different in Toronto. Later, he says that Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin are in the top four and everything else is yet to be decided, but he does see that Ceci, as a right-shot, might fit in with either of those players. Dubas will not commit to who is on the roster.

Dubas has a lot of good things to say about Jason Spezza, who will be the new team mentor. He also talks about how difficult it was to have to tell Connor Brown he was traded, and how hard it was to get in touch with him with Zach Hyman’s and Matt Martin’s weddings this weekend.

On Jake Gardiner, Dubas describes the door as not totally closed. However, anyone can see by the cap space, that the door is totally shut, barring a trade.

Dubas describes the host of depth signings that also include Michael Hutchinson and Martin Marincin as an attempt to build the most versatile set of depth players who can compete for positions and fill in for injuries. He talks at length about Ben Harpur (acquired in the Ceci trade) who seems destined for the Marlies.

Dubas says there are a number of small signings not yet official, but he seems to be referring to the ones we already know about. There might be more in the coming days.

On the subject of offer sheets and Mitch Marner, he says that Brandon Pridham has sorted out the Leafs situation so that he has lots of cap space and lots of options. (It is accurate to say that they have enough to sign Marner or match any potential offer sheet that might be signed by Marner). He describes it all as being “protected” so they can evaluate whatever comes in and are set up for whatever comes their way, but their primary ambition is to come to an agreement with Marner.

On the general topic of offer sheets, Dubas mentions that the cost to most teams either to pay the player or pay the compensation is often too much, so there aren’t very many offer sheet opportunities. He says he is not surprised one was signed this year when many teams were in a position to pay those prices.

Dubas also says they were mindful of the potential for Kasperi Kapanen, Andreas Johnsson as well as Mitch Marner.

The subtext of all of that reads to me like an offer sheet would have to hit the outrageous territory before the Leafs wouldn’t match it, and a negotiated deal is more likely to happen. But I’m not claiming I can predict this.

I think we can consider the Maple Leafs done for now, barring some more minimum-contract deals, and trades or major moves seem very unlikely.