Part 2: The Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2012 free agent market.

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Today I will discuss who the Leafs should pursue this off season in the free agent market.

You can click here for how the Leafs roster should look after they have made their off season acquisitions.

I will start things off by saying that all the recent talk about Brian Burke quitting or getting fired is completely and utter BS. Yes he probably wants a contract extension and Yes if the Leafs fail to make the playoffs again in 2013 then he may well be a dead man walking. However until then BB's job is quite safe here in Toronto and I expect him to get his extension regardless of if the team makes the playoffs as long as they are developing good prospects.

The prospects that might buy him an extension would be Alex Galchenyuk and Nail Yakupov. As it has been reported today that Brian Burke is looking to obtain both somehow. This report comes from Yakupov and Galchenyuk's agent, the former great Red Wings player, Igor Larionov. So take this rumour for what it is, and that is just a rumour, as it could simply be a ploy by Larionov to make sure that his clients go one two in the draft this year.

But without further ado I will now present who should be on the Leafs radar in the Free Agent market this summer.

Leafs 2012 Free Agent Signings:

Ryan Suter

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Age: 27
Plays: Defence
Currently makes: $3,500,000

Everybody knows that Ryan Suter is due for a raise this off-season from his $3.5 million deal that expires on July 1st. The question now is more; How much? What kind of terms? And where is he willing to go to get these?

I posit to Brian Burke that Ryan Suter is perhaps the most valuable free agent in the market this summer and would be a great fit on a Randy Carlyle team. Much the same way Chris Pronger was a great fit on the Anaheim Mighty Ducks team coached by Carlyle and built by Burke.


 
 
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It's that time of year again when speculation and hopes are at a boiling point for the the blue and white. Of course things are no different here and I have some musings to do on the state of affairs for the Leafs and how we should proceed with perhaps a little bit of perspective mixed in.

I will discuss who the Leafs need to trade, who they should trade for, who they should sign and the why.

In brief it is my assessment that Toronto needs a goalie, a kick in the pants for the defense, size upfront and perhaps most importantly leadership.

To see how Toronto's roster should look come the start of the season including Cap information please click here. Just make sure you come back here to see how and to comment on how you disagree or agree with my changes.