10 Best Remaining NHL UFAs for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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7 – Jonathan Toews

In a different time, Jonathan Toews would be at the top of this list, pursued by every team in the NHL. At age 35, he’s nowhere near the player he once was. Unfortunately, his health and and fitness have been a struggle, which is believed to be primarily caused by long COVID-19.

There is question as to whether Toews will even return for another season in the NHL. According to Mark Spector, CAA agency, which represents Toews, sent out a list of pending free agents. Conspicuously, absent from that list was Toews’ name.

If the center from Winnipeg does choose to return to the game, the Toronto Maple Leafs should be interested. At worst, Toews could be the best fourth liner in the NHL. He’s a two-dimensional player with a wealth of experience.

The longtime Chicago center is a three-time Stanley Cup champion. He was the Conn Smythe Trophy in his first Cup victory in 2010. Toews has also won the Frank J. Selke Trophy and the Mark Messier Leadership Award. He’s a multi-time NHL all-star and has even had success on the international circuit.

Toews is the youngest athlete to ever join the Triple Gold Club after having won the Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal, and a World Championship gold medal by age 22.

Last season, Toews played in 53 games. He managed to put up respectable numbers. The veteran collected 15 goals and 16 assists for a total of 31 points.