10 Veteran UFA’s Toronto Maple Leafs Could Sign This Offseason

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 17: Tyler Bozak
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 27: Derick Brassard #16 of the Arizona Coyotes   (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

No. 8: Derick Brassard

Having played on five different teams in the past two seasons, Brassard is a little bit of a suitcase.

However, on a league minimum contract, he could be that nice fit on the fourth-line. Jason Spezza turned back the clock when he joined Toronto two seasons ago, so with any veteran jumping into the fountain of youth (aka: Leafs), there’s hope that he could do the same.

The 33-year-old can play centre or left-wing and is coming off a $1M deal. After a pretty disappointing year in Arizona, a team could probably sign him for closer to $750K.

For the majority of his career, Brassard would score between 15-25 goals per year and be a good contributor as a second or third-line centre. However, the one real reason why the Leafs may want to target him is because of his playoff experience.

During his tenure, Brassard has played in 118 playoff games, scoring 25 goals and 68 points (stats: capfriendly.com). With two Conference Finals and one Stanley Cup Finals under his belt, he’s been very close to the finish line, without having got it done.

As such, that hunger could still be burning inside of him to join a contending roster and get one last chance at winning a Stanley Cup.