Looks like he's going to be an UFA next year, considering the fact that he only signed an one year contract. I think we need to go after this guy next off season, and we'll be following our trend of signing local boys.
Jason is from the GTA. As a boy growing up in Toronto he probably supported the Maple Leafs. Hence, like any of us, one day throwing on the jersey of his child hood team in the NHL would be a dream come true. It's really not that hard to figure out.
Of course this doesn't mean he'd sign with us for that reason alone. Like most players he's going to chase the money, and that's fine. But Leaf Lander was just having fun, as the smilie pretty much showed.
Q. You've played hockey all your life. How long have you dreamed of this day?
A. Ever since I watched my first hockey game, I fell in love with the game. I was a Leaf and Red Wings fan. I liked Steve Yzerman. Mario Lemieux is my favourite player, but Steve Yzerman was someone I always liked, so I liked the Red Wings. But the Leafs were always my favourite team -- although that's changed (laughs).