Sportsnet has learned Maple Leafs' general manager John Ferguson is looking into signing Steve Thomas.
Sportsnet.ca -- Steve Thomas will always be considered among the most popular to wear the Toronto Maple Leafs' crest.
However, sources told Sportsnet the 42-year-old veteran forward, believed to be fast-approaching retirement, has been approached by Leafs' management about returning to Toronto to play for one more season. Sportsnet has learned Maple Leafs' general manager John Ferguson is looking into signing Thomas. With the loss of veteran forwards Gary Roberts, Owen Nolan and potentially, Alexander Mogiliny, Ferguson is in the market for a winger that can add depth and much-needed leadership. With the Leafs quickly closing in on the $39 million salary cap, it's believed a one-year-deal for Thomas would revolve around the league-minimum of $450,000 US. Thomas played two stints in Toronto, the most recent coming between 1998-2001.Thomas was a contributor to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks Stanley Cup run in 2002, scoring four goals en route to the Ducks seven game loss to New Jersey.
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