In the event that the NHL and the Players' Association can work together and finalize the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, as it is the Toronto Maple Leafs will need to fill the gap that is the No.1 centre between wingers Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel.
There is still a chance, however, that GM Brian Burke could try to pull off a major trade deal to bring in a top line centre to fill the void.
If not, the Leafs will be looking at those already to suit up in blue and white for training camp.
From rookies to seasoned veterans, a few names will be trying for that coveted top spot.
In the slides that follow, we’ll look at some pros and cons of each player that could try to contend for the Leafs' top line job.