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Taking a look at the projected 2013 free agent pool, there are number of players who could fill roster needs for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The following are players who Burke should extend all resources trying to acquire if they reach the open market:
Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Jimmy Howard, David Clarkson, Ryane Clowe, Manny Malhotra, Stephen Weiss, Alexander Edler, Rob Scuderi, Travis Zajac, Nathan Horton, Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro, Tim Thomas and Niklas Backstrom (MIN).
Getzlaf will be the most sought-after player by Toronto if he reaches the open market. He is a big, strong player that would fill the top center need for the Leafs. If he is not signed, however, secondary options could be Weiss, Zajac and Ribeiro. They are all capable top-six centers who have the ability to play on the top line.
Along with Getzlaf, Perry will be a sought-after player by the Leafs if he's a free agent. He is a top line winger with size who has great chemistry with Getzlaf. It is likely that both players will sign with the same team, seeing as they are good friends (same as Parise and Suter).
Secondary options would be Horton, Clowe and Morrow. All are top six forwards with size, a need on the Leafs roster according to Burke.
Jimmy Howard is probably the most interesting player of all. He would fill Toronto's need for a true starting netminder in case James Reimer is not ready.
However, if Howard re-signs with Detroit, which is more than likely what will happen, then Thomas (if he comes out of "retirement") and Backstrom would be great secondary options. They would be that veteran 1B goalie Burke has been looking for to mentor James Reimer.
Clarkson and Malhotra are solid bottom six players that should be considered but could likely be replaced by players already in the system (Jay McClement, Dave Steckel, Brad Ross, Tyler Bozak, etc.).
Alexander Edler is a player I think Toronto should just target based on his talent alone. More than likely he will not come here, but the fans will appreciate knowing that the Leafs put some sort of effort into it.
A more reasonable player to target would be Rob Scuderi, a veteran shutdown defenseman who has won two Stanley Cups. He would provide tremendous leadership to the young Leafs core.