Toronto Maple Leafs: Plenty of New Faces To Join in Offseason

April 5th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter

With the addition of the salary cap, the NHL has seen a record number of players changing uniforms each offseason. The days of a player making one NHL team his home for his entire career are all but gone. In fact, more often than not, an NHL player can bank on switching teams upwards of five times.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are no exception to these rules; there will be change this offseason. In fact, there will be plenty.

Heading into the summer the Leafs will need to address numerous unrestricted free agents, including Garnett Exelby, Wayne Primeau, Rickard Wallin, Jamie Lundmark, and Mike Van Ryn. Add that to a list that includes restricted free agents Jonas Gustavsson, Nikolai Kulemin, John Mitchell, and Christian Hanson and you have a team that will undergo plenty of changes.

Of those players that are unrestricted free agents only Rickard Wallin has a chance of getting re-signed for next season, while restricted free agents Kulemin, Mitchell, and Hanson should all be retained and/or signed to contract extensions.

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