10 Best Remaining NHL UFAs for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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8 – David Krejci

The expectation for David Krejci is that if he returns for another season it will be with the Boston Bruins.

However, there is no certainty of either of those things happening. For now, Krejci remains a UFA and available for the Toronto Maple Leafs to sign.

Krejci’s name is synonymous with the Boston Bruins and for good reason. He has played every one of his 1,032 NHL regular season games and 160 Stanley Cup Playoff games over 15 seasons for the Bruins.

The center would give the Toronto Maple Leafs depth at the position and add additional offense. This past season, Krejci played 70 games where he recorded 16 goals and 40 assists for a total of 56 points.

For his career, the Czech forward has 231 regular season goals and 555 assists for a sum of 786 regular season points. In the playoffs, Krejci has scored 43 career goals and 85 assists for 128 total NHL playoff points.

At age 37, Krejci can still demand a sizable contract. It would likely be one year in length. If he were to return on a cheap deal it would only be for the Bruins. While it isn’t ideal, if Treliving were to try and recruit Krejci, he would need to overpay to get him.

For that reason alone, Krejci is not a player worth chasing. While he would be a nice player to have in the mix, the Leafs are not in a position to waste any of their cap space.