Mike Santorelli signed by the Maple Leafs to 1-year, $1.5 million contract

Mike Santorelli signed by the Maple Leafs to 1-year, $1.5 million contract

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Mike Santorelli

The Maple Leafs have signed centerman Mike Santorelli to a 1-year, $1.5 million contract.

It looks like the Maple Leafs have settled for two cheaper options than David Legwand to round out their bottom six centers, adding Mike Santorelli as well as KHL import Petri Kontiola today. One is likely to play wing (Kontiola or Santorelli could play RW) while the other rounds out the group of centers alongside Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and Peter Holland.  Those are questions for training camp. For now, all of Petri Kontiola, Peter Holland and Mike Santorelli give the Leafs bottom six C options and the Leafs are paying all three quite a bit less collectively than they would have Dave Bolland.

“I like him as a player. He can really shoot the puck.”
-Jim Benning

Avoiding burdensome contracts on mediocre talent in favour of good-value piecemeal options, lower-commitment and lower-risk options with the potential to provide the same impact or better, appears to be the approach for Leafs management this off season. Good on them. Maybe they net out ahead from a number of cheaper, incremental improvements; at a minimum, some cap flexibility remains in tact and David Clarkson remains the lone egregious contract on the roster.

This is good value for a former 40-point scorer in Santorelli (put up a 20-21-40 season with the Panthers in 2010-11). He had a down year in 2011-12 before shoulder surgery all but wiped his 2012-13 season, but he bounced back with a good season of 28 points in 49 games last season in Vancouver (suffered another shoulder injury that wiped a chunk of the season). Vancouver Canucks fans were mostly upset to see him go.

Santorelli, 6’0, 190-pounds, has skill, can cycle and will bring some sorely needed secondary offense in the bottom six. He doesn’t offer the same frame as Nik Kulemin, but he works tirelessly and he should replace his production at a much cheaper price. He adds versatility and depth to the bottom 6 options.

Santorelli won 51.3% of his draws last season. He played 18:33 a game, including 1:43 on the penalty kill and 1:23 on the powerplay. None of his 28 points in 49 games came on the powerplay, which means he posted just six less points at even strength than Mason Raymond in 33 fewer games and eight more than Nik Kulemin in 21 fewer games. He posted a +0.9% corsi rel score.

“Forget about the goals; there are a lot of other little things he does in the game. I’m looking up and down the bench in all situations for him. So it’s a really good story.”
-John Tortorella

The Maple Leafs have an interesting bottom six forming consisting of hungry players in Komarov, his fellow new Finnish addition Kontiola, and Santorelli on a one-year deal. There might be more room to improve the team through the bottom six alone than we think, provided Randy Carlyle changes his approach and uses a fourth line, because last season it was positively terrible.

Mike Santorelli Scouting Report

“Skilled oppurtunistic playmaker with quick, nifty hands and good vision… skating is fairly quick and fluid but not dynamic… generates bursts of momentum by an alternating series of crossovers… needs to keep adding power and quickness to his stride, especially in startup… comfortable in possession… sneaky and elusive in tight quarters – makes sharp pivots and reversals with the puck… know how to open lanes coming off the halfwall and packs a quick, accurate wrist shot which he can unload without breaking stride… supports the puckcarrier well in each zone, hustling to get around the puck and provide an outlet… continues to develop a more consistent compete level as he’s most effective when tenancious in puck pursuit… misses some size and physical intensity – and has to maximize his strenght and conditioning… industrious player.”
-McKeen’s Hockey

Mike Santorelli Video


Mike Santorelli Statistics

Position: C
Shoots: Right
Height: 6-0
Weight: 189 lbs.
Birth Date: December 14, 1985 (28 years old)
Place of Birth: Vancouver, B.C.
Shoots: R
Drafted:Drafted by Nashville in 2004 (6/178)
Season
Age
Tm
GP
G
A
PTS
+/-
PIM
S
S%
ATOI
Career257434487-43564838.914:43
2008-0923NSH7000-52110.012:15
2009-1024NSH25213-88365.610:57
2010-1125FLA82202141-172019310.416:41
2011-1226FLA609211-10181177.712:24
2012-1327TOT34224-122355.711:52
2012-1327FLA24213-72219.511:06
2012-1327WPG10011-50140.013:43
2013-1428VAN49101828969111.018:34
3 yrsFLA166312455-34403319.414:19
2 yrsNSH32213-1310474.311:14
1 yrVAN49101828969111.018:33
1 yrWPG10011-50140.013:43

557 comments
skiingallday
skiingallday

This is the skilled, yet lunch bucket type crew that we need in Toronto.

Reversethecurse13
Reversethecurse13

So who is this new Kont and why do we think he'll play on the 2nd line ahead of guys like Frattin, Leivo, Clarkson, Santorelli....

NinetyThree
NinetyThree

JvR - Bozak - Kessel

Lupul - Kadri - Santorelli/Kontiola

Komarov - Kontiola/Santorelli - Clarkson

Bodie/Ashton - Holland - Frattin

Ashton/Bodie

Phaneuf - Robidas

Gardiner - Franson

Rielly - Polak

Bernier

ok I'm not loving this D with the config but it is what it is so far. Need to move Franson and get someone to play on the left with Phaneuf then it will look right!

Kouba
Kouba

With Kontiola paying himself out of KHL contract, I wonder if Kovalchuk payed something to the Devils...

Jordan29
Jordan29

If Franson or Polak can play their off side, we might as well keep franny. We need another offensive guy, and shit on him all you want he was not THAT bad in his career, just last year. Nonis could be on to something saying his injury and being overused was an issue

Luke_R
Luke_R

Must rid this team of Cllarkson some whay some how.  I know its crazy, but whats his buyout look like? lol Maybe after next year? whats the site to see that

leafmealone
leafmealone

Hallelujah! Two cheap non-plugs for the bottom 6 who can actually play hockey and they're both on only one year contracts. 

Reether
Reether

I'm glad Bodie is back, pretty much the only UFA I wanted back from last year. Well other than Mr. 5.5 x 5  .... LOL

weekendwars
weekendwars

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FORWARDS
James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.200m) / Phil Kessel ($8.000m) 
Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) / Evander Kane ($5.250m) 
Leo Komarov ($2.950m) / Mike Santorelli ($1.500m) / David Clarkson ($5.250m) 
Peter Holland ($1.100m) / Petri Kontiola ($1.100m) / Matt Frattin ($0.800m) 
Carter Ashton ($0.900m) / 
DEFENSEMEN
Jake Gardiner ($2.300m) / Dion Phaneuf ($7.000m) 
Morgan Rielly ($0.894m) / Stephane Robidas ($3.000m) 
Petter Granberg ($0.800m) / Roman Polak ($2.750m) 
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Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m) 
BUYOUTS
Mike Komisarek ($0.000m) 
Mikhail Grabovski ($0.000m) 
Tim Gleason ($0.833m) 
RETAINED SALARIES (0.29% of upper limit)
Carl Gunnarsson ($0.200m—6.35%) 
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Franson + Reimer + mid round pick for E. Kane.


Ashton or Bodie as 13th forward. Granberg as 7th defenceman.


Use remaining money to sign/trade for backup goalie and 3rd pairing defenceman.

Luke_R
Luke_R

Also, Santorelli started only 28% shifts in offensive zone.... mostly in defensive and neutral zone

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

@Gilbey93

JvR - Bozak - Kessel

Lupul - Kadri - Santorelli/Kontiola

Komarov - Kontiola/Santorelli - Clarkson

Bodie/Ashton - Holland - Frattin

Ashton/Bodie

Reversethecurse13
Reversethecurse13

@Gilbey93 that battle for 2RW is big: Clarkson, Frattin, Ashton, Leivo

don't think Ashton will win that one out

charlieb83
charlieb83

It was part of his contract as an out.

Luke_R
Luke_R

ouch i saw it.  Dont do it to your eyes

Jordan29
Jordan29

@lukethenuke hes not an issue, what the hell else would we spend the cap space on? we have lots even with him

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@Marlies Man New York Post earlier this year


Michael Del Zotto’s game was going south. Now, that’s where the 23-year-old defenseman is taking it — south to Nashville following a one-for-one deal on Wednesday in which the Rangers acquired 29-year-old Predators defenseman Kevin Klein.


The deal essentially becomes about the Rangers cutting their losses with Del Zotto, who had become less dependable, more erratic and more of a problem as his career evolved.


It isn’t that coach Alain Vigneault lost confidence in Del Zotto, the Rangers’ 2008 first-round draft choice (20th overall) who was selected the NHL Rookie of the Month for October 2009, the first month he ever played in the league. It’s that Del Zotto, who was a healthy scratch nine times in the first 42 games, never was able to gain Vigneault’s confidence in the first place.

Maybe it was a case of too much too soon for Del Zotto. Maybe the Rangers rushed him, as former coach John Tortorella often suggested. But the defenseman, who had Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal ahead of him on the left defense depth chart and wasn’t comfortable playing the right, never quite fulfilled his promise as an offensive weapon and never developed into a reliable enough defender.

Del Zotto regressed this season. He wasn’t able to consistently deliver the first pass or use his skating ability to beat the forecheck. His offensive zone game was incomplete. 

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@Marlies Man Read where he struggled the past two seasons. Just didn't play well with Rangers or Preds


Luke_R
Luke_R

@RandomScrub @Gilbey93 he may even take draws for Kadri if thats the case, but i want Kadri to learn totake em so maybe in defense Santa takes em

Jordan29
Jordan29

@Bobsyouruncle @Jordan29 if we trade him now though we need an offensive LD coming back or its a waste. He led our defense last year in points, and the season before

weekendwars
weekendwars

@Jordan29 I'm not sure they would. He's on his way out, Franson easily cracks their defence, and Reimer would start over Pavalec. 2 roster players for 1, not to mention the 1 is a huge cancer for their team.

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

@lukethenuke @Jordan29 If he was making 1 mil he would be a hero on our 3rd line. I hate Clarkson as much as anyone but he's a decent bottom 6. I hate that he gets paid like a top line player but let management worry about money. 

Jordan29
Jordan29

@lukethenuke @Jordan29 he had one year off, we collectively as MLHS, the not stupid hockey site for our team, have to not act like the sky is falling about him. He will bounce back, and with a cap of 70-80 mil, if his 5.25 is our biggest issue we are golden 

Jordan29
Jordan29

@weekendwars @Jordan29 doesnt matter, if we were to part ways with Kadri over the same issues, would you trade him for Franson and Reimer? Fuck no, every team would smoke that offer

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

@Reversethecurse13 @Gilbey93 He does need to build a package if he wants to take a run at Kane if he is available.  He seems to be doing it.  If I was Winnipeg, I would take Riemer, Franson, Ashton and Id demand Matt Finn or Stuart Percy.

Jordan29
Jordan29

@Tim Horton @lukethenuke @Jordan29 top 6 money, not really a top line guy. 5.25 is not as bad as people make it seem. Hes probably a 3-4 mil player at best though. But yet look at kulemin raking in 4+ mil

weekendwars
weekendwars

@Jordan29 @weekendwars I dont know how you can compare the two? Completely different teams, and WPG is in the toughest division in hockey. Kane will be traded, and Franson/Reimer fill their needs. Maybe include a prospect in there but I honestly dont think its too far off base.

wwload
wwload

If the Leafs acquire Kane, Kadri would be going to the Jets.

NinetyThree
NinetyThree

@Jordan29 @NinetyThree @Marlies Man err I may have been thinking of someone else...lemme check. I do remember owning him in my fantasy hockey when he was doing well and he got hurt and was never the same.


EDIT: hip injury