Top 5 Free Agents the Toronto Maple Leafs Should Sign This Summer

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TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 11: Kasperi Kapanen #24 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates with team-mate Jason Spezza #19   (Photo by Andrew Lahodynskyj/NHLI via Getty Images) /

With the Toronto Maple Leafs season in doubt, it’s possible that the off-season has already begun.

As we continue to self-isolate for the next few weeks, there’s a chance the Toronto Maple Leafs season will get cancelled, so we might as well look at the top five pending free agents the team should target this summer.

In recent years, the Leafs have feasted at the table of unrestricted free agency.

Signing John Tavares was perhaps the greatest signing in NHL history, while even bargain basement picks up like Jason Spezza have worked out wonderfully.

Speaking of…..

 5. Jason Spezza

I know what you’re thinking: Jason Spezza?!

Are you serious, Stephen? Oh, I’m dead serious when it comes to Spezza. At 36 years old, Spezza has been nothing but steady after Sheldon Keefe was hired and has been the perfect fourth line centre.

Spezza has 25 points in 58 games this year, but more importantly is playing the role similar to Patrick Marleau in the dressing room, only with the added benefit of still being above replacement level.

Spezza has scored at nearly a top line rate from the fourth line, put up solid advanced numbers and has been excellent on special teams.

Not only has he been a great leader, but you’ll be able to sign him for the league minimum again, which is crucial due to salary cap restrictions.