Toronto Maple Leafs Should Re-Sign These 5 Free Agents

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Joel Edmundson

Joel Edmundson has only played in seven games for the Leafs since being acquired at the NHL trade deadline.

However, he is averaging 17:44 minutes of ice time. He has no points yet with the Leafs, but it's not expected of him anyway.

Edmundson is posting some ugly numbers and the Leafs currently have a 98% save percentage when he's on the ice, but they are winning his minutes 6-1. He has 11 blocked shots and 14 hits. He is averaging two hits a game, which is a key part of his game and why Treliving traded for him.

Edmundson's Leafs teammate Max Domi said he can't wait to see Edmundson in the playoffs. To be honest, neither can I. His size (6'5, 221 Lbs.) and physical play are a welcomed addition to the Leafs roster.

Let's hope his large frame will do some damage to the Florida Panthers or Boston Bruins in round one of the playoffs. If all goes well, I don't see why the Leafs wouldn't try to re-sign him in the off-season. It never hurts to have a player Edmundson's size patrolling your blueline.

The Leafs needed Edmundson's contract to be retained to get him within their limited cap space. His current contract is $3.5 million, so the Leafs would need to offer more than that to get him to re-sign. I would predict a new deal with an AAV between $4.5 million - $5 million on a four-year deal. I think the Leafs could manage to do a deal like this, but I wouldn't want to see them sign him for more than $5 million.