Leafs' Fletcher taking different approach

Phil SiebenmorgenCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2008

The first day of the NHL free agency was full of expected and unexpected moves that saw many big name players switching homes.  Star defencemen Wade Redden and Brian Campbell each received massive contracts and some notable goal tenders were signed in significant moves. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs however, took a different approach.  Rather then going after one big star, it seems as though GM Fletcher wants to slowly piece together a competitive team in the future.  Albeit the signing of Niklas Hagman should be beneficial and the returning of Curtis Joseph is a homecoming of sorts for the 41 year old backup. 

The move that shocked most Leafs fans was offering Jeff Finger $14 million over four years.  Virtually no one knows who Finger is, let alone if he is worth anywhere close to that amount of money.  Time will tell for the Leafs if their unorthodox style will pay off.  Are their sights set on trying to sign Marian Hossa or perhaps Jaromir Jagr or are they content to continue in the all too familiar trend of mediocrity?