It seems like all we’ve been talking about lately at TLN is the Leafs’ General Manager/Head Coach search and the 2015 Entry Draft. After all, the actual Leafs roster is slightly (very) embarrassing and we’d rather just not talk about it at all.
But hey, July 1st and a new wave of free agents are on their way. And while we all largely agree that building teams through free agency is a pretty awful way of going about it, that doesn’t mean Toronto’s management group shouldn’t be very active.
That doesn’t mean that the Leafs should be in on the big names. They could very well be, but it’s not like this team really wants to actively get better so soon. The rebuilding process will be long, and this team isn’t anywhere near the point where they’re adding a top six winger or a top four defender to put themselves over the hump. No, Toronto will more likely be active in other ways.
Last year, the Leafs made a couple moves in free agency, like signing Mike Santorelli, Daniel Winnik, and David Booth. No, none of them were big name acquisitions, but Toronto made off like bandits when they flipped both Santorelli and Winnik for draft picks at the trade deadline.
So let’s hear it in the comments below… How should the Brendan Shanahan and Mystery GM approach the free agent pool this year?
Are you throwing money at Mike Green or Martin St. Louis? Are you handing an offer sheet to an RFA like Derek Stepan or Colin Wilson? Are you putting pen-to-paper on million-dollar role players that you can flip later in the year? ARE YOUR BRINGING BACK CODY FRANSON!?
Bonus points for specific players you’d sign, and for how much and how long you’d sign them.