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Veteran has given up hope to return with the Leafs next season

What does it mean for his future?

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have had a great offseason so far after they made headlines this summer when they managed to add coveted free agent John Tavares to their roster. Newly appointed general manager Kyle Dubas has been quite impressive since the start of his tenure in the Leafs' front office and seems focused on another big priority as reports indicate that star Auston Matthews and Toronto have begun discussing a contract extension for the young forward, who is eligible for free agency next summer. 

Dubas might be so busy, that it seems that he has forgotten all about veteran player Dominic Moore, who has admitted  on Thursday during a radio segment on TSN 1050, that he is not looking to pursue his career with the Maple Leafs next season. 

“I’m not holding out hope on that,” Moore said of re-signing with the Maple Leafs. “I think obviously they will be an exciting team to follow this year for sure. Obviously, adding John (Tavares) to the program is an amazing piece to an already impressive puzzle there. I wish the Maple Leafs the best of luck. Obviously, I enjoyed my time being a part of the team and a great bunch of guys, many of whom will be at SmashFest.”

For now, the 37-year-old veteran forward is waiting for the right move. Last summer, Moore had signed with the Leafs last July on a one-year, $1 million deal. 

“I just am patient for the right situation, I think when you get to this point in your career, you want to put yourself in a good situation that’s going to work for you on a bunch of different fronts and obviously we’ll see how this plays out. I’ve had conversations and it’s a bit of a patient game right now.”

Moore had six goals and 12 points in 50 games with the Leafs this past season, taking part in just three contests during the regular season after the Tomas Plekanec trade. 

He the appeared in two playoff games - joining the lineup after Nazem Kadri was suspended for the first round against the Boston Bruins. 

Moore is a veteran of 897 career games with the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Toronto, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, San Jose Sharks and Bruins. He could join a team as a fourth-line boost before the start of the season.