NHL Free Agency 2012: Ryan Suter and 12 Free Agents the Leafs Should Pursue

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NHL Free Agency 2012: Ryan Suter and 12 Free Agents the Leafs Should Pursue
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The Leafs are looking more and more like a team destined for the southern U.S. during the playoffs, not actually competing in them.

So that leaves the offseason as yet another chance for the Leafs to rebuild, or as some would say, re-tool their franchise.

With marked holes at center and goaltending, and with only a limited amount of cap space, the Leafs are sort of hog-tied when it comes to the free-agent market.

Judging by the way they overpaid to retain Mikhail Grabovski's services, mostly caused by the massive $4.5 million per year contract handed out to the Canes Tuomu Ruutu, the Leafs will need to trade a few of their high-priced players. Players like Matt Lombardi, Tim Connolly, Colby Armstrong, Mike Komisarek and Clarke MacArthur could be jettisoned out of town to make room for some free agents.

Here's a list of some free agents that could fit the mold of the Brian Burke and the Leafs organization.

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