A couple of days ago, I asked you which could-be free agent defenseman the Toronto Maple Leafs should go after. The majority of you decided they should go with a veteran, as Brooks Orpik and Dan Boyle ran away with the votes. Today, I ask which free agent center the Leafs should target?
For the longest time, everyone Leaf fan that is not a fan of Tyler Bozak has been clamoring for a “true” No. 1 center. They feel that Bozak is not one and therefore he needs to be replaced. However, that is not so easily done. Very good No. 1 centers rarely hit the free agent market and are very expensive commodities in trades. These days, if you don’t draft one, good luck getting one.
The crop of free agent centers that fit the Leafs needs is not that big and the list is full of veterans. Of course, the Leafs have centers Dave Bolland and Jay McClement heading towards unrestricted free agency, so if they can’t get them re-signed they might at least try to replace at least of them through free agency.
So who could the Leafs go after? Paul Stastny is obviously the biggest name out there, but he will be an expensive option, and that is only if the Colorado Avalanche don’t re-sign him.
Other notable names out there are David Legwand, Derek Roy, former Leaf Mikhail Grabovski, Steve Ott, Vernon Fiddler and Zenon Konopka. Now, not all of these players are No. 1 material, but could fill a role for the Leafs. For example, if the Leafs don’t re-sign McClement, Konopka could be a viable replacement, bringing toughness and good face-off ability.
So you were General Manager Dave Nonis, who do you go after?
*Writer’s Note* As you can probably tell, these polls aren’t coming out every day, so it doesn’t make sense to call them “Daily” polls. At least for the off-season, they will be coming out more sporadically and be known as “Fan Polls”