#2. Corey Perry
John Tavares, Spezza and Simmonds all decided to return home, so why not also chase Corey Perry for a cheap-deal? The Leafs forward positions are pretty set right now, but bringing in Perry could really help make Andreas Johnsson and Pierre Engvall even more expendable, clearing cap-space.
Perry signed for a $1.5M contract last year and showed during the playoffs that he still has a lot left in the tank. A fourth-line consisting of Spezza, Perry and Simmonds could be one of the best in the NHL. In 57 games this year, Perry had 21 points, so although the production was less than a normal season for him, he showed his capabilities in the Dallas Stars run to the Stanley Cup Finals.
In 27 playoff games, Perry matched his season total of five goals and had nine total points. It wasn’t his point total that jumped out though. His compete-level was at an all-time high and his will to win was something that can’t be measured. He showed that he was a player that didn’t want to lose and would do everything in his power to win his second Stanley Cup.
On a cheap contract, the former Hart Memorial Trophy winner would be a great addition to the Leafs and the longer he waits to sign could mean that his number gets cheaper by the minute.