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and all the NHL news from yesterday.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 21: Dougie Hamilton #19 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks to gain control of a loose puck as Patrick Marleau #12 of the Toronto Maple Leafs defends during an NHL game on November 21, 2018 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Welcome to NHL free agency. Doors open at 12pm ET and expect all hell to break loose at that time. The Toronto Maple Leafs have a lot of holes to fill on their roster, so hopefully they’ll be busy on the first day of the new season. Please be busy, please do something.

Below, I have linked four players the Leafs are reportedly in on when it comes to UFA deals.

Michael Bunting

The Bobfather is saying the Leafs and UFA Michael Bunting have mutual interest in each other. Both have history in the Soo, and he would be a decent bet for the third line or maybe higher. Expect him to make something in the low $1 million range.

Mikael Granlund

The Leafs wanted him at the Trade Deadline, now he’s a UFA and probably on the Leafs radar again to play 1LW.

Darcy Kuemper

The Coyotes have been selling hard, so there’s a chance they sell their goalie, Darcy Kuemper. Their other goalie, Antti Raanta is a UFA.

Dougie Hamilton

Listen, we haven’t seen the Leafs actually be in on Dougie Hamilton, but if they aren’t, I will be very mad. Not everyday you can live a childhood dream and sign a top RD from your hometown, Kyle.

Signings Yesterday:

Trades Yesterday:

James Neal, Martin Jones, and Braden Holtby were all bought out, as well.

Other News:

Report: Maple Leafs close to signing Josh Ho-Sang (he can sign at noon) | by: me

Breaking Down the Maple Leafs’ sixth round pick: Ty Voit | by: Brigstew

Marlies reach for the stars, sign Curtis Douglas to two-year AHL contract | by: me

Théo Rochette to be invited to the Maple Leafs Prospect Camp — Report | by: Katya

Maple Leafs Roster as Free Agency is About to Open | by: Katya

Hockey has never cared about survivors, and it’s getting worse | by: Jashvina Shah, RMNB