With the prospects of an NHL season looking gloomier and gloomier as each day passes, it's time for NHL teams and their fans to look ahead to this year's NHL entry draft and free agency period.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are certainly a team that should be looking towards free agency with plans to improve their roster.
With a good chunk of money coming off the books this offseason, it looks like the Leafs will be active, thanks to the expiring contracts of Joffrey Lupul, Tim Connolly, Matthew Lombardi, Clarke MacArthur and David Steckel.
While the Leafs will probably bring one or two of those players back, those departing salaries combine to relieve the Maple Leafs of $16.75 million in cap space.
With that much money, the Leafs can afford to sign at least one big name, perhaps even two.
With that in mind, here are five free agents the Maple Leafs should take a run at signing this offseason.