The Toronto Maple Leafs would love to forget the end of the regular season.
I’m sure there will be some change in the roster between now and the beginning of next year. Toronto should be able to use a new wrinkle in the collective bargaining agreement known as the compliance buyout. It is this wrinkle that will allow teams like the Maple Leafs to get out of a bad contract without it affecting their salary cap. It may also allow the team to be able to go after some high-profile players.
There are players like Daniel Briere or Brad Richards, and even the very slight chance that Roberto Luongo could be had for the taking. The Maple Leafs really need to take a good, hard look at what players become available. I would love to see them go after a player like Richards if he does get bought out.
He still has enough ability to get the job done and could really help Toronto get to the next level. The team should want to look for another goalie as well. This is going to be an interesting summer for the Maple Leafs no matter what. There is always the potential that they might want to trade Phil Kessel as well since he is in the final year of his contract.
It is all going to depend on whether or not the Maple Leafs want to go for the total rebuild or not. That wouldn’t be a great idea, but anything is possible these days, especially with the players that could be had.