Leafs might bring back Leetch

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Will Brian Leetch be wearing a Maple Leaf this season?

Source say if Toronto GM John Ferguson Jr. has his way, the 38-year-old unrestricted free agent could be patrolling the club's blue line again.

It's believed Ferguson has held discussions with Leetch's agent, Jay Grossman, but needs to find a way to fit him under the salary cap.

The Leafs are not alone in their pursuit of Leetch, who hasn't decided if he is going to play or retire after spending last season with Boston.

The Flyers, Bruins and the New York Rangers (another one of Leetch's former teams) have all made calls to Grossman because they're all searching for blue-line help. Leetch is in no hurry to make a decision.

"(Leetch) has not made any decisions about the season so far," Grossman told the Philadelphia Inquirer's Tim Panaccio last week. "We've been contacted by a number of teams about playing this season. There are a number of things Brian has to sort through. He's made no decision (on) his personal situation."

Sources say Ferguson is trying to move money to make room for Leetch on the club's decimated blue line. Ideally, he'd like to deal No. 3 goalie Mikael Tellqvist to get his salary off the books.

At this point, the Leafs only have about $600,000 in cap space available, and they recently lost Pavel Kubina for an extended period with a knee injury.

It's believed Leetch, who spent the end of the 2004 campaign with the Leafs after being dealt there by Rangers GM Glen Sather, is seeking a $1 million salary, plus bonuses.


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