As you all know, centerman Tyler Bozak is scheduled to become a UFA July 5th and according to multiple reports, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Bozak aren’t close to a contract extension.
The Maple Leafs would like to re-sign Bozak, but only to a deal which is reasonable for the team. According to reports, Bozak is seeking a salary of $5 million to $5.5 million per year (similar to what Mikhail Grabovski got in March of 2012), but we all know the Leafs aren’t interested in signing him to such a cost.
In 46 games played during the 2012-13 shortened season, Bozak picked up 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points, and yes, he’s expressed his interest to re-sign with the team.
“If there is a contract that makes sense for us and makes sense for Tyler, we’ll sign him,” Leafs General Manager, Dave Nonis told Toronto media last week. “But it’s not a situation where we have to sign Tyler Bozak because there are numbers that make sense for the team and there are numbers that make sense for Bozie.”
Dave Nonis is likely looking to sign Bozak to a more cap-friendly number around $3.5 to $4 million dollars, but if both sides can’t reach a deal, the team has other options to explore as Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy and Stephen Weiss are a few centermen that are positioned to become free agents this summer.
My question for you: Would you re-sign Bozak?