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Free Agency Recap: Maple Leafs left the biggest hole unfilled

Maybe the next step is a want ad for that 1LW.

NHL: FEB 22 Hurricanes at Maple Leafs

Going into free agency this year, Kyle Dubas and the Maple Leafs needed a top line left wing and a second goalie. They got one of those things.

They also signed a couple of potential middle six forwards:

There were also some tweeners, AHLers and depth options:

In comments late in the afternoon, Dubas addressed his lack of winger additions:

It’s not clear what second wave he’s referring to here, unless he thinks (or knows) there are trades possible from teams that are now a little tight on the salary cap.

Currently unsigned forward free agents who could play on the top six are David Krejci, Tomas Tatar, Brandon Saad and perhaps Pius Suter.

There was chatter linking the Leafs to Marcus Johansson, who has a stat line from last year nearly identical to Alex Galchenyuk. Both of those players could be bargain options, but hardly inspire confidence on the top line.

While the improvement in goal is obvious, the rest of this leaves the team looking worse than it was last year, and with about $2-3 million in cap space, depending on the size of the roster.

We await word on who will play 1LW for that money.