Leafs after Peca if price is right

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

The Maple Leafs remain interested in getting Michael Peca's name on a contract at the right price.

"His abilities and experience in the game have been well documented and he demonstrated those abilities in the post-season (with the Edmonton Oilers)," general manager John Ferguson said. "There remains a certain number of different people we've had discussions with. Nothing has been ruled out."

There's a belief the Leafs will have more money to throw at Peca, who made $3.99 million US last season, since a proposed trade that would have brought Gary Roberts back to the Leafs from the Florida Panthers has fallen through.

However, it could be Ferguson is in no rush to make further significant movements after acquiring Andrew Raycroft and signing defencemen Pavel Kubina and Hal Gill in past weeks.

Peca is waiting to hear back from the Leafs but is not concerned.

"In this particular situation, patience can be important," Peca told the Fan 590 yesterday.

Ferguson has had success in late signings before. In 2003, Joe Nieuwendyk and Ken Klee were signed in September and became solid contributors that season.

Also, the Leafs are waiting on seven players to decide whether they will accept their qualifying offers.

The group includes defencemen Brendan Bell, Carlo Colaiacovo and Jay Harrison and forwards Kyle Wellwood, Matt Stajan, Kris Newbury and Roman Kukumberg.

The deadline for accepting qualifiers is 5 p.m. this Saturday.

Ferguson said he does not anticipate problems with any of the group.


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