Where Does Each Toronto Maple Leafs Free Agent Defensemen End Up?

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I've already predicted where each Maple Leafs free-agent forward will end up, so now it's time to look at the expiring defensemen.

This summer, the Toronto Maple Leafs have one restricted free agent and five unrestricted free agents. Timothy Liljegren is the restricted free agent on the back end while the unrestricted free agents are TJ Brodie, Joel Edmundson, Mark Giordano, Ilya Lyubushkin and John Klingberg. (All contract statistics from CapFriendly.com)

Just like my last article where I made my predictions for the expiring forwards, I'm going to predict where each defenseman ends up as well as the deal.

Treliving has stated countless times since he took over as Leafs general manager he wants to upgrade the blue line. This summer is the first real opportunity he has to make real change on this part of the roster so it'll be interesting to see where he goes this summer.

* Note this was written ahead of free-agency openinging but we'll try to update it as things happen.

Mark Giordano

There was some speculation this offseason as to whether Giordano would retire after last season or if he wants to play again. His agent recently stated Giordano still intends to play after a tough year for him. He played 46 games last season, scoring three goals and six assists for nine points. (All stats from NHL.com)

I think Giordano is a fine seventh or eighth defenseman but if you plan on playing him anything more than that you're asking too much. Ultimately the 40-year-old is from Toronto and has his family here. Treliving will keep Giordano and sign him to a one-year deal at a league minimum average annual value.

Treliving is familiar with Giordano from his time in Calgary and last season. At this point in Giordano's career, I think a short-term, league-minimum deal makes sense.