It has been a pretty busy week for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they have re-signed three players and have added another. Clarke MacArthur, Tyler Bozak and Matt Lashoff return to the Leafs and Phillipe Dupuis signed as an unrestricted free agent.
The re-signing of MacArthur ended the speculation that he would be heading to arbitration as he was the player that Brian Burke kept on saying would be the hardest player to resign. Agreeing to a two-year deal worth $6.5 million, MacArthur now has the time to prove that least year's production wasn't a one-time occurrence.
After disappointing on the first line last season, Bozak signed for two years at only $3 million. With the pressure taken off him and most likely playing on the third line next season, Bozak should play better than he did last year and hopefully improve upon the minus-29 rating.
Lashoff spent most of the season in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies. He finished the season with the Maple Leafs, playing 11 games and registering one assist. With the addition of Cody Franson and John-Michael Liles, it seems that Lashoff will be heading back to the Marlies, and will be called up if there is an injury.
Philippe Dupuis played 74 games for the Colorado Avalanche, scoring six goals and adding 11 assists for 17 points. He was signed to a one-year, two-way contract so there is a chance that he will be sent down to the Marlies, but he will challenge for the fourth-line center spot with Darryl Boyce if he's resigned.
These signings leave only one restricted free agent on the Leafs roster in Luke Schenn. Burke has said that there is no rush to re-sign Schenn, so it should be a problem. There are three unrestricted free agents left in Boyce, Fredrik Sjostrom and Joey Crabb. Out of those three, I see only Boyce being re-signed.
With Burke saying that the Leafs are done for now and with only one major player to re-sign, the Toronto Maple Leafs roster, as it stands now, will be the one that will carry Leaf fans' hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since the lockout.
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