So far, the trades have been minor and draft picks are just long-term investments in the future.
But today, Leafs president Brian Burke and his staff take their latest stab at landing an impact player (or players) who can be part of both the short and long-term future of the struggling franchise.
Burke has promised to be active when the NHL free agency period opens for business at noon. And with money to spend (somewhere between $12 and $15-million under the cap) and plenty of needs, his voice will be heard.
Could there be a top six forward in blue and white by the end of the day? Some muscle? Another defenceman?
Here’s a look at some of the top possibilities to be on Burke’s radar.
Team Sedin: The Swedish twins, Henrik and Daniel, are not officially free agents as they could sign the last ditch offer presented by Vancouver GM, Mike Gillis who travelled to Sweden to deliver it personally.
More and more, it sounds as though the Leafs will be major players and will make a substantial offer. If the money gets silly, they will back off. But if it stays reasonable, both in cash and term, look out.
The upside is that the twins can form the core of a first line for years - even, presumably, for as long as it takes for the Leafs to become competitive. The downside is price, especially if agent J.P. Barry is able to trigger a bidding war.
Mike Cammalleri: The kid from the GTA would be a hometown hit and would instantly declared the team’s only legitimate top six forward. A 39-goal scorer for the Flames this past season, Cammalleri is likely to get plenty of attention so again price will be an issue.
Mike Komisarek: The announcement yesterday that veteran defenceman is game to test the waters will attract interest. Komisarek would bring a nice level of toughness to a Leafs blueline that could use some.
Francois Beauchemin: A player well familiar to Burke from his Ducks days, Beauchemin could be a cheaper version of Komisarek. He may not be that well known to fans in the East, but rest assured that GMs around the league are well aware of his assets.
Colton Orr: After too many nights watching rookie Luke Schenn be the only Leaf willing to drop the gloves, Burke will be in the market for an enforcer. The price could be right for the Ranger.
Chris Neil: See above, though not a heavyweight contender every night.
Mattias Ohlund: Another Canuck Burke likes, the veteran Swedish defenceman may be a little long in the tooth though. He’ll be 33 when the puck drops on the 2009-10 season.