By Tyler Leli @jetleli on April 9, 2014
The Toronto Maple Leafs now have a 6-12-2 record since the end of the Olympic Break, in turn losing out on any hope of competing in the 2014 NHL Playoffs. During the upcoming offseason the Maple Leafs will have .4 million in salary cap space during the summer, and they will surely try to reload through free agency. Unfortunately, these five players will not be returning to Toronto this fall.
Colton Orr has no use other than protecting teammates and fighting, which continues to lose value in the modern day NHL. During the current season Orr has played 52 games, recorded no points, averaged 5:20 on the ice per game and compiled 98 penalty minutes. At 32 years of age Orr is on a downhill path, and Toronto will surely pass up on paying his 5,000 salary that is due for 2014-15.
Jay McClement has had an average 2013-14 season, picking up ten points and averaging 14:49 on the ice over 79 games played. The 31-year-old is the classic grinding forward, but he won't come back because Toronto is looking to change up their core of role players that couldn't get the ship turned around during the late-season collapse.
Dave Bolland is a classic two-way center, as he plays an extremely hardworking checking game and can even contribute in the offensive zone. Toronto has already stated that they want to sign the 27-year-old, but he isn't worth the eight-year, million contract that has been rumored. The Maple Leafs may miss Bolland in the short term, but they can't afford to dole out another massive deal to an offensively limited grinder.
Nikolai Kulemin has been an enigma to fans in Toronto for the last six years; he is strong and has the ability to create offensive chances, yet he never seems to put it all together. During the 2013-14 season he has scored nine goals and contributed 11 assists in 68 games, including only one goal and one assist since the Olympic Break. There is no doubt that the team and player will move on during free agency.
The writing has been on the wall for a James Reimer move away from Toronto since the Maple Leafs acquired Jonathan Bernier last summer. After compiling a 12-15-1 record with a 3.37 GAA and .908 save percentage this season the fans in Toronto have officially gone against Reimer, and the club will soon follow suit. Reimer has value on the trade market at 26 years of age, and his status as a restricted free agent only makes him more valuable.
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