Three Potential Destinations for Josh Leivo

Josh Leivo is one of the many free agents left on the board as teams continue to evaluate their needs. Leivo who spent last season in Vancouver, is coming off a season where he managed 19 points in 36 games. He's never really been able to find consistent playing time, but when he's getting a regular shift, Leivo has the ability to put up points.

The 27-year-old spent 6 brutal seasons in Toronto, where the Maple Leafs messed with his development, sitting him out for most, if not all of one season. In two seasons since with the Canucks, Leivo has collected 37 points in 85 games. 

A big body who can play a physical game, Leivo needs to come out next season and stamp himself as an everyday 3rd-line right-winger, who plays hard and uses his great release to provide a team with secondary scoring. The clock is ticking. 

Here's three potential destinations for Josh Leivo:

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets still need to fill out some parts of their roster and bringing in Leivo on a one-year deal for $700,000 could work for the team. He would provide them with some depth in the bottom of their lineup and create some competition in training camp. CBJ needs secondary scoring and if Leivo is getting a regular shift on the 3rd or 4th line, 15 goals is reachable. Leivo plays hard and is not afraid to block shots, which is a must if you play for John Tortorella. 

New Jersey Devils

The Devils are building themselves something nice in New Jersey and are certainly becoming a wild card team in the east. They have some great young pieces and Leivo would fit right in to the style of play their looking for. The Devils have cap space and Leivo comes on the cheap, this could be a fit for both sides. The team does not have a ton of options for depth right-wingers, could be a good place to sign if you want to play. 

Ottawa Senators

Ottawa has certainly 'won' their off season with a collection of positive moves. With a couple of high draft picks added to their prospect cupboards, and a bunch of NHL bodies being brought in, the team will look a lot different next year and for many years to come. The Senators know Leivo from his Toronto days, including head coach DJ Smith, it worked for Connor Brown, maybe it will work for Josh Leivo. With lots of cap space left and room within their bottom-six, Ottawa could easily become the Innisfil, Ontario native's new home.

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