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Toronto Maple Leafs' Free Agent Targets

 

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis got the NHL off-season going on Sunday with one of the first big trades of summer 2013. The trade market is just one way the Maple Leafs plan to improve this summer with a free agent crop that is also full of appealing players set to open up.

With July 5 only eight days away, it's time to look at who the Maple Leafs are likely to consider as free agent options when the signing period begins.

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Wh...