The Toronto Maple Leafs wanted to get better in 2013-14 after an embarrassing collapse in the Stanley Cup playoffs last year when the Boston Bruins destroyed their souls in Game 7 of the opening round series between the two teams. Improvement wasn’t in the cards to Toronto this past season and that is going to bring about change in the offseason.
After failing to land the No. 1 pick in the draft despite trying hard to wrestle it away from Florida, the Leafs will now focus on free agency as a means of making their roster better for this upcoming season.
According to NHL scribe Chris Johnston, the Maple Leafs might not be out of the running to sign Dave Bolland as the veteran hasn’t ruled out a return to Toronto.
David Bolland remains open to all options in free agency; hasn't ruled out a return to the #leafs.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 1, 2014
Bolland has been on the fence about returning to the Leafs and contract talks haven’t gone very far but this is a new opening that may lead to an eventual deal. With free agency now officially open in the NHL, teams will be able make offers to Bolland that he can possibly take back to Toronto to see if they’d be interested in matching.
There’s no saying that will happen, but if he’s open to returning to the Leafs next season then that seems like a plausible scenario.