The Leafs have six players on the roster that will be free agents on July 1, and with the way this season is coming to a disappointing close, there are some important decisions to be made in preparation for next year.
Four of those players (Nikolai Kulemin, Matt Frattin, Jay Rosehill and Cody Franson) will become restricted free agents, meaning the Leafs can decide to tender them qualified offers or leave them to become unrestricted.
The remaining two (Joey Crabb and Jonas Gustavsson) will be able to talk to any team they wish.
None of these six should be considered core players by a long shot, but each has their individual role and it’ll have to be determined whether they still fit under the new Brian Burke/Randy Carlyle regime.
Obviously, the free agent/trade market could change before July 1 depending on what happens in the playoffs and with the new collective bargaining agreement (which also potentially changes strategy), but that doesn’t mean that we can’t take a preliminary look.
Let’s do just that.