Who the Leafs Might be Targeting

We look at Potential Free Agents Who Might fit With the Leafs


 

Another Free Agent frenzy day is upon us in Leafs Nation, yet this year is quite different then most others. It is Year 1 of the Shanaplan and signing UFA’s to make us competitors is not the motivation behind any signings this year.

Shanny has indicated that the Leafs will be active, although they will not be stealing headlines signing big name UFAs (are there any???).

Here are some players that might fit the bill:

 


Cody Franson


Year Team Games Goals Assists Points
2010-2011 Preds 80 8 21 29
2011-2012 TML 57 5 16 21
2012-2013 TML 45 4 25 29
2013-2014 TML 79 5 28 33
2014-2015 TML/NSH 78 7 29 36
Year Team PIM Shots SH% CF% 5V5
2010-2011 Preds 30 156 5.1 50.96
2011-2012 TML 22 65 7.7 51.22
2012-2013 TML 8 70 5.7 45.51
2013-2014 TML 30 115 4.3 44.88
2014-2015 TML/NSH 28 127 5.51 49.81

Though almost a 50/50 split on the re-signing of Cody from most Leafs fans that I interact with daily, the general consensus is “He Will Get Paid”. If by some act of God, Dion is set to be moved before training camp, then I would have no problem signing Franson. Dollar amount is not as worrisome to me as contract term is. All being assumed that Dion is moved, I would not have a problem signing a 5-5.5 Million by 5 Year contract for Cody. At 5 years he would be 32 in his final contract year.


Daniel Winnik


Year Team Games Goals Assists Points
2010-2011 COL 80 11 15 26
2011-2012 COL 63 5 13 18
2011-2012 SJS 21 3 2 5
2012-2013 ANH 48 6 13 19
2013-2014 ANH 76 6 24 30
2014-2015 TML 58 7 18 25
2014-2015 PIT 21 2 7 9
Year Team PIM Shots SH% CF% 5V5
2010-2011 COL 35 167 6.6 51.6
2011-2012 COL 42 155 3.2 52.2
2011-2012 SJS 10 29 10.3 52.2
2012-2013 ANH 16 95 6.3 49.7
2013-2014 ANH 23 115 5.2 47.1
2014-2015 TML 19 70 10 50.1
2014-2015 PIT 8 27 7.4 50.1

**Numbers in bold are final for the year between both teams

Again, another ex-Leaf. I must say, the UFA pool this year is not very deep. Whilst in Toronto last year, he brought some hardworking grit grinding minutes to the table. Believe it or not, he played better under PH than RC, most likely because he would have been one of few roster players that new how to put points on the board while playing more defensively. If we can snag him for a buck to a buck and half I would gladly love to see him dealt for something at the deadline again. I have to give PH credit, he sure showed us how defensively useless most of the roster was and is. SCORCHED EARTH PLEASE!!!


Curtis Glencross


Year Team Games Goals Assists Points
2010-2011 Flames 79 24 19 43
2011-2012 Flames 67 26 22 48
2012-2013 Flames 40 15 11 26
2013-2014 Flames 38 12 12 24
2014-2015 Flames 53 9 19 28
2014-2015 Capitals 18 4 3 7
Year Team PIM Shots SH% CF% 5V5
2010-2011 Flames 59 149 16.1 53.1
2011-2012 Flames 62 110 23.6 46
2012-2013 Flames 18 92 16.3 49.5
2013-2014 Flames 12 77 15.6 42.7
2014-2015 Flames 39 87 10.3 45.6
2014-2015 Capitals 6 21 19 45.6

**Numbers in bold are final for the year between both teams

There have been some rumblings that the Leafs have expressed interest in forward Curtis Glencross, which (judging by the Twitter reaction) came as a bit of a surprise to many in Leafs Nation. On the wrong side of 30, the Kindersley, Saskatchewan native doesn’t really seem to fit in the youthful direction it seems the Leafs’ roster is headed in. On a short-term deal though, this could make some sense, as having a seasoned vet on the team could help bring some stability to the dressing room as well as enable Shanny and co. to not feel the need to rush prospects to fill holes in the roster. This could happen.


Mark Arcobello


Year Team Games Goals Assists Points
2012-2013 Oilers 1 0 0 0
2013-2014 Oilers 41 4 14 18
2014-2015 Oilers 36 7 5 12
2014-2015 Predators 4 1 0 1
2014-2015 Penguins 10 0 2 2
2014-2015 Coyotes 27 9 7 16
Year Team PIM Shots SH% CF% 5V5
2012-2013 Oilers 0 0 0 36
2013-2014 Oilers 8 70 5.7 48.1
2014-2015 Oilers 12 54 13 52.2
2014-2015 Predators 0 3 33.3 52.2
2014-2015 Penguins 2 13 0 52.2
2014-2015 Coyotes 6 59 15.3 52.2

**Numbers in bold are final for the year between both teams

Another guy to keep an eye on is 26 year-old forward, Mark Arcobello. With the Coyotes failing to submit a qualifying offer, the diminutive forward is set to become an unrestricted free agent. And while size is a bit of a concern, the 5’8″ forward has shown glimpses that he can be productive in the NHL, with 17 goals in 77 total games played between the Oilers, Predators, Penguins and Coyotes. Don’t be surprised if the Leafs at least kick the tires.


Cody Hodgson


Year Team Games Goals Assists Points
2010-2011 VAN 8 1 1 2
2011-2012 VAN 63 16 17 33
2011-2012 BUF 20 3 5 8
2012-2013 BUF 48 15 19 34
2013-2014 BUF 72 20 24 44
2013-2014 CAN-WJ 7 6 2 8
2014-2015 BUF 78 6 7 13
Year Team PIM Shots SH% CF% 5V5
2010-2011 VAN 0 9 11.1 50.7
2011-2012 VAN 8 103 15.5 49.6
2011-2012 BUF 2 51 5.9 49.6
2012-2013 BUF 20 114 13.2 46.5
2013-2014 BUF 20 182 11 42.5
2013-2014 CAN-WC 4 29
2014-2015 BUF 12 127 4.7 38.6

**Numbers in bold are final for the year between both teams

I would not be opposed to taking a flyer out on Hodgson, being only 25 and most likely coming cheap with his play from last year, he may become a valuable filler. If anyone could shape him up and increase his trade deadline value it would be Babcock. I have included his point totals during his WC showing for Canada; Hodgson may seem like someone who needs a spotlight to play under, and what better spot light than playing at the ACC. Here’s to fans losing money buying a Hodgson jersey if signed. CHEERS


Final Thoughts on an Abysmal UFA Class


It stinks.

Best case scenario, the Leafs are able to find a couple diamonds in the rough, showcase them for the year, and then flip them at the deadline for picks. It worked with Winnik and Santorelli last year, might as well try it again.

 


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