Toronto Maple Leafs: 5 Cheap Free-Agent Options to Consider

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Toronto Maple Leafs: 5 Cheap Free-Agent Options to Consider
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In terms of free agency, the Toronto Maple Leafs aren't done, said Leafs GM Brian Burke.

That's probably good news—the club could use more grit, experience and leadership.

With young wingers Nazem Kadri and Matt Frattin ready to take on full-time NHL duties and the addition of top-six winger James van Riemsdyk via trade, the Leafs now have a number of expendable forwards.

Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel are pretty much a lock for the top line.

That leaves Kadri, Frattin and van Riemsdyk along with Clarke MacArthur, Nikolai Kulemin, Tim Connolly and Matthew Lombardi—seven players in total—fighting for four precious winger positions on the second and third lines.

Hypothetically, if Burke pulls a couple miracles out of his hat by making a blockbuster trade and/or dumping a couple bad contracts, it will open up one or two spots in the bottom six.

With regards to the defense, nothing appears to be changing unless Cody Franson and the Leafs give up on each other.

Lastly, with Martin Brodeur's re-signing, you'd think there wouldn't be any interesting goalies left on the market.

That brings us to slide number one.

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