Report: Leafs might lose AHL d-man of the year Brennan to KHL

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The best defenseman in the American Hockey League could be hopping the pond.

Over the weekend, the Toronto Sun reported that Leafs blueliner T.J. Brennan — who’s spent the majority of the last two years with the Marlies — had received a “lucrative” offer from the KHL, which could orchestrate his exit.

Brennan, 27, has appeared in 53 career NHL contests with the Leafs, Panthers and Buffalo — 13 of those coming in Toronto.

He failed to make a big impression with the parent club but, during his time with the Marlies, Brennan has emerged as arguably the AHL’s top defenseman. He’s twice won the Eddie Shore award, given annually to the league’s best blueliner, and has scored at virtually a point-per-game clip.

The 31st overall pick at the 2007 draft, Brennan has struggled to find his niche in the NHL because of knocks against his defensive game.

It’s worth noting he played this season on a one-year, $675,000 deal, and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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