Wednesday Morning Quick Hits – Marlies signings and more

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    Brian Burke has been keeping himself relatively busy since returning from his fishing trip.  While they have been all minor league signings, he has locked up three Marlies, securing depth for both our farm team and the big club.

    -Alex Foster received a one year, two-way deal at the league minimum of 500 000.

    -Andre Deveaux received a similar one year, two-way deal, also at 500 000.

    -Darryl Boyce received a two year, two-way deal that averages out to roughly 525 000 per year.

    These players will likely spend the majority of their time with the Marlies.  However, they clearly offer organizational depth and warm bodies at cheap prices in case injuries ravage the Leafs lineup.  Specifically, you should expect to see Deveaux up if any of our 4th line grinders go down for an extended period of time.  While he didn’t exactly amaze last year, Deveaux was not shy about dropping the gloves for his teammates and could put together a decent regular shift or two.

    In other news, reports out of Boston indicate that they will attempt to clear cap space to keep Phil Kessel.  With the recent signing of Hunwick, the Bruins are pressed up even tighter against the cap and something has got to give.  While Kessel-hungry fans will still hold up hope that the moving piece will be the young American winger, Chiarelli is indicating that he will be retained.  Of course, we all know that in the NHL, what GMs say and what they end up doing are not always one and the same.

    Cheers,

    Nikhil

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