According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Toronto Maple Leafs winger Matt Martin is "in demand" on the trade market, despite scoring just three goals last season.
Brooks reports that with the Maple Leafs paying Martin a $1.5 million signing bonus Sunday, a team that acquires would only have to pay him $750,000 next season and $1.75 million in 2019-20, while his cap hit sits at $2.5 million.
James Mirtle of The Athletic reported Sunday the Maple Leafs were looking to move Martin's contract and pointed to the New York Rangers as one potential suitor.
Martin appeared in just 50 games last season, entering the Leafs lineup just three times after Jan. 22 as a consistent healthy scratch for head coach Mike Babcock. He scored three goals and posted 12 points in those 50 games, topping 10 minutes of ice time on just five occasions. He did not dress for any of the team's seven postseason contests.
The 29-year-old joined the Maple Leafs on a four-year contract as a free agent in 2016. Then-Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello said Martin was brought in to "support" the team's young players.
He appeared in all 82 games in his first season with Toronto, posting five goals and nine points.