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NHL Free Agency 2011: Which Toronto Maple Leafs Will Re-Sign, and for How Much?

Jeff LangridgeCorrespondent IIIApril 27, 2011

NHL Free Agency 2011: Which Toronto Maple Leafs Will Re-Sign, and for How Much?

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    BOSTON, MA - MARCH 31:  Luke Schenn #2 of the Toronto Maple Leafs is congratulated by teammates Carl Gunnarsson #36 and Tyler Bozak #42 after Schenn scored a goal in the first period against the Boston Bruins on March 31, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston,
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    According to capgeek.com, the Toronto Maple Leafs have $21.2 million in cap space to spend in the offseason. While that seems like a lot, the Leafs have 12 free agents to either re-sign or let walk away.

    Even re-signing half of those players will cut down the available cap space a couple million. If Brian Burke wants to sign Brad Richards and a few other free agents, he is definitely going to need a lot of cash.

    Out of the 12 free agents the Leafs have, six are restricted and six are unrestricted. Two of the unrestricted free agents will not be coming back for sure. The rest of them are cheaper backup options, some of whom might end up playing for the Marlies next season.

    As for the restricted free agents, pretty much all of them are integral parts to the Leafs future and will most likely be resigned to long-term contracts.

    Who's leaving and who's staying?

Jean Sebastien Giguere, Goaltender

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    TORONTO, CANADA - FEBRUARY 1:  Jean-Sebastien Giguere #35 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates after stopping Christopher Higgins #21 of the Florida Panthers to win the shootout at the Air Canada Centre February 1, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Phot
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    2010-11 Cap Hit: $6 million

    Contract Status: Unrestricted

    J.S. Giguere, while still a good goaltender, had injury problems last year, and his cap hit didn't help that much. The Leafs have almost too many goaltenders in the system right now, and that's just another reason for him to be politely shown the door.

    Gone or New Contract: Gone

Fredrik Sjostrom, Left Wing

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    TORONTO, CAN - FEBRUARY 7:  Fredrik Sjostrom #11 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates in a game against the Atlanta Thrashers on February 7, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Thrashers 5-4. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Gett
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    2010-11 Cap Hit: $750,000

    Contract Status: Unrestricted

    Freddy Sjostrom has largely disappointed in his one-and-a-half seasons in Toronto. In 66 games, he compiled two goals and three assists for five points.

    I know Sjostrom is not supposed to light the lamp like Phil Kessel, but five points in 66 games? That is downright wrong. He will be let go.

    Gone or New Contract: Gone

Tim Brent, Center

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    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19:  Tim Brent #37 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 19, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    2010-11 Cap Hit: $575,000

    Contract Status: Unrestricted

    Tim Brent was a pleasant surprise last season. In 79 games, Brent had eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points. He was also a stalwart on the penalty kill.

    While his role on the team won't improve at all, Brent could be kept around to be the fourth-line center.

    Gone or New Contract: New Contract; $750,000 a year for three years

Darryl Boyce, Left Wing

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    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 25: Darryl Boyce #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Pete Times Forum on January 25, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning defeated the Leafs 2-0. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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    2010-11 Cap Hit: $527,500

    Contract Status: Unrestricted

    He'll always be remembered for getting his nose cut on the photographer's hole in the boards and the resulting Twitter photos.

    In 46 games, he scored five goals and eight assists for 13 points. He works hard every shift and deserves a new contract for it, even though he'll spend the majority of it with the Marlies.

    Gone or New Contract: New Contract; $550,000 a year for two years

Joey Crabb, Right Wing

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Joey Crabb #46 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on January 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    2010-11 Cap Hit: $525,000

    Contract Status: Unrestricted

    While he enjoyed some early success playing on a line with Phil Kessel, Crabb's stats fell in the second half of the season. With many new young prospects possibly ready to take the next step, or at least come up in fill-in duty, there is no reason to re-sign Crabb.

    Gone or New Contract: Gone

Jay Rosehill, Left Wing

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    2010-11 Cap Hit: $512,500

    Contract Status: Unrestricted.

    Rosehill is in the same situation as Crabb. Rosehill was a great agitator and he stood up for his teammates, but his spot in the lineup could easily be taken by a player like Matt Frattin.

    Gone or New Contract: Gone

Tyler Bozak, Center

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    NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 06:  Tyler Bozak #42 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 6, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    2010-11 Cap Hit: $3,725,000 (with bonuses)

    Contract Status: Restricted

    Arguably the Leafs' worst defensive player last season, Bozak did nothing to earn a raise for next season. The Leafs will re-sign him, but there is a small chance that he could be traded in the offseason.

    He has to drastically improve his play from last season because he has Nazem Kadri & Joe Colborne nipping at his heels, and they'll have no problems taking his spot.

    New Contract: $1,250,000 a year for two years

Carl Gunnarson, Defenseman

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    NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 06:  Carl Gunnarsson #36 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 6, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    2010-11 Cap Hit: $800,000

    Contract Status: Restricted

    Gunnarson has been a reliable defenseman for his entire young career with the Leafs. Playing with Luke Schenn after Tomas Kaberle's departure, he formed another young defense pair behind Dion Phaneuf and Keith Aulie that could be around for quite a while.

    If the Leafs don't acquire a play-making defenseman in free agency or trade, he will be relied upon to jump start the Leafs offense next season.

    New Contract: $1,250,000 a year for four years

Matt Lashoff, Defenseman

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    ST PAUL, MN - MARCH 22:  Matt Lashoff #29 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Xcel Energy Center on March 22, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    2010-11 Cap Hit: $550,000

    Contract Status: Restricted

    Acquired from Tampa Bay last offseason, Lashoff didn't see time with the Leafs until the last quarter of the season. In 11 games, he had one assist and was a plus- six. He'll be retained but is another player who might not see much time with the Leafs next season.

    New Contract: $750,000 a year for three years

Luke Schenn

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    NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 06:  Luke Schenn #2 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 6, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    2010-11 Cap Hit: $2,975,000 (with bonuses)

    Contract Status: Restricted

    Schenn's season was the very definition of a bounce-back season. After a dismal sophomore season, Schenn showed more leadership, better positioning and led the league's defensemen in hits.

    Being a building block of the Leafs young defense, he will be re-signed long term.

    New Contract: $3,250,000 a year for five years

James Reimer, Goaltender

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    UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 08:  James Reimer #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs tends net against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on March 8, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Leafs 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Gett
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    2010-11 Cap Hit: $596,667(with bonuses)

    Contract Status: Restricted 

    What can I say about James Reimer? Well, ever since his first start for the Maple Leafs on Jan. 1st, he has taken the reins and has shown that he has what it takes to be a starter in the NHL.

    I know I'm going to get a few comments saying he's not, but the fact is that he played in 37 games, only four games short of half a season. He was fourth in wins for rookie goalies, only behind Corey Crawford, Sergei Bobrovsky and Michal Neuvirth. He should get a hefty raise.

    New Contract: $1,150,000 a year for four years

Clarke MacArthur, Left Wing

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    NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 06: Clarke MacArthur #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 6, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    2010-11 Cap Hit: $1,100,000

    Contract Status: Restricted

    MacArthur is the most talked about free agent-to-be, and for good reason. Last season he set career highs in goals and points, yet he had never achieved anything like this previously. That's why Brian Burke has been apprehensive about how much MacArthur could make next season.

    I think the situation is quite simple. The Leafs were in a similar situation last offseason with Nikolai Kulemin. Since I think that Kulemin and MacArthur are comparable players, they should be making similar money.

    New Contract: $2,250,000 a year for three years

Conclusion

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 02:  Brad Richards #91 of the Dallas Stars skates against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on April 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    With the players the Leafs re-sign on this list, the Leafs will have spent $11.2 million. That leaves $10 million to spend on free agents.

    That gives us the choice to either sign only Brad Richards or two lesser free agents, maybe Brooks Laich and Christian Ehrhoff. Although, don't be surprised to see Burke pull off a deal at the draft that frees up more salary.

    We could also send players like Boyce, Lashoff and Brett Lebda down to the Marlies to free up a small amount of money.

    I know it sounds crazy, but Mike Komisarek could be the guy to move, possibly to the Colorado Avalanche. They need a tough, defensive defenseman, and they have the money to afford him. That also could be a part of a deal that would send us Paul Stastny.

    Who knows what will happen? We'll find out

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