Petri Kontiola Signs with Maple Leafs on a 1-year, $1.1 million deal

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Petri Kontiola
Petri Kontiola

The Toronto Maple Leafs have gone overseas to sign a depth center in Petri Kontiola to a one-year, $1.1 million contract (one-way).

We now know what else Dave Nonis was up to when he visited Finland recently to meet with Leo Komarov. This is a found wallet free agent  if he works out—and if he doesn’t, both parties can go their separate ways without penalty. Why not, right?

Kontiola amassed 112 assists and 175 points in 258 regular-season KHL games for Traktor and Metallurg Magnitogorsk. He put up 130 points in 147 games in the American Hockey League before he went overseas.

The Maple Leafs are building up some depth options at center here. Petri Kontiola, a linemate of Leo Komarov’s in the 2014 World Championships, is a total NHL unknown, but his numbers in the KHL, AHL before he left, and international tournaments (37 points in 46 career games at the IIHF Men’s World Championship; 5 points in 6 games at the Sochi Olympics) are quite good. Tempering expectations, Rickard Wallin also led his team in scoring and he was a dud when he came over to play for Toronto.

This may or may not lay to rest the rumours of David Legwand coming to Toronto; the Leafs would be opting to go with youth and inexperience on their bottom six center group, which is a big leap of faith, if that is the case. More than likely just adding depth center options here, but the 29-year-old Finn appears to be more than just a grinder.

He could also play some wing over here if the Leafs add another center to go along with incumbents Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and Peter Holland.

Six NHL teams were reportedly courting Kontiola, who is a former seventh round draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Petri Kontiola Video Highlights




Petri Kontiola Statistics

Kontiola is a smart center with great passing ability and playmaking skills. Has decent speed, but could shoot the puck more.
- Erik K. Piri, EP (2010)
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGATPPIM+/- Postseas.GPGA
1999-00S-Kiekko U16Jr. C SM-sarja133146|
2001-02Tappara U18Jr. B SM-sarja225388|Playoffs210
2002-03Tappara U20Jr. A SM-liiga367101712|Playoffs833
2003-04Tappara U20Jr. A SM-liiga1231215810|Playoffs1044
TapparaLiiga394913299|Playoffs311
Suomi U20 LoanMestis61124-7|
Finland U20WJC-20711221|
2004-05Tappara U20Jr. A SM-liiga11010|
TapparaLiiga5481725246|Playoffs822
2005-06TapparaLiiga5693544552|Playoffs613
FinlandEHT100002|
2006-07TapparaLiiga51123547505|Playoffs513
FinlandEHT1126821|
FinlandWC925722|
2007-08Chicago BlackhawksNHL1205565|
Rockford IceHogsAHL661850683217|Playoffs1255
2008-09Rockford IceHogsAHL61153853223|
Iowa ChopsAHL204598-9|
2009-10Metallurg MagnitogorskKHL5471522246|Playoffs1022
FinlandEHT92464-1|
FinlandWC730323|
2010-11Metallurg MagnitogorskKHL541434483618|Playoffs1626
FinlandEHT6235103|
2011-12Traktor ChelyabinskKHL531522373417|Playoffs1636
FinlandEHT911242|
FinlandWC1002242|
Finland (all)International21145125|
2012-13Traktor ChelyabinskKHL441219315122|Playoffs25109
FinlandEHT301120|
Finland AWC10881686|
Finland (all)International301120|
2013-14Traktor ChelyabinskKHL5315223734-11|
FinlandEHT522441|
FinlandOG614505|
FinlandWC10369203|
Finland (all)International2161218249|
2014-15Traktor ChelyabinskKHL-----|

More to come…

  • Mattmark

    Interesting.  So have they given up on Legwand?

  • Doorman

    Looks good to me.  Need those skill guys now!!!  Hope legy signs up!!!

  • Waiting4LSC

    I wonder if Leo had anything to do with this?

  • MaxwellHowe

    Kontiola.  Sounds like an Italian insult.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Waiting4LSC I think the Olympics did, apparently 6 teams were interested in Kontiola. No doubt having Leo here helped the decision though.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    I Don’t Know about this signing

  • drummond

    @jhiitela:
    by purely offensive skills, he’s better than any other current Leafs center.
    (Juha Hiitelä, the NHL correspondent for Finnish sports paper Urheilusanomat.)

  • Gozo

    I think Toronto start advertise in Europe for players.

  • Anthony Petrielli

    drummond LOL. Not even a PPG in the KHL? Oooooooooooookay.

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    Gozo Might have to since north american players don’t want to sign here

  • Sexyhairyman

    Leo: 52gp 12g 22a 34 points.
    Kontiola: 53 games 15g 22a 37points
    Hartikainen: 47gp 14g 16a 30 points
    they are all pretty close… would be interesting to get them all on one team. canadians dont seem to want to play here lets be the new work abroad destination for finland!

  • drummond

    Anthony Petrielli drummond  the Finns are apparently homers :)

  • Cameron19

    i think we have to see the cap hit on this before we can determine what this means for Legwand, or where they imagine him playing on the roster.

  • LeafFan15

    You guys are fast at posting these threads.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Alec Brownscombe There’s an article just above :)

  • Waiting4LSC

    Anthony Petrielli drummond AP: Id rather these try outs than paying for re-treads

  • Anthony Petrielli

    drummond Anthony Petrielli Going to be hilarious thinking about this comment in October.

  • Mcost61

    We are the same colours as the Finnish flag

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Waiting4LSC Anthony Petrielli drummond

    Absolutely. Let’s not ruin our cap so we can’t do a single thing at the deadline.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Sexyhairyman Hope the Leafs filed the proper paperwork for the TFW program.

  • rickpearce76

    drummond This seems like horse shit to me. There’s no way Kadri wouldn’t be ppg + n the K

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    Mattmark legwand probably turned down the offer to play somewhere else or he’s asking too much

  • LeafFan15

    Mcost61 That can be our advertising slogan in Finland to attract other players lol

  • Mattmark

    I’ve been suggesting they look across the big pond at European skaters for awhile now.  Looks like they’ve realized they can broaden their selection pool significantly if they take the idea seriously.

  • drummond

    Our proud Finnish tradition started with fan favourite Aki Berg

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    ingy56 Alec Brownscombe you didn’t catch the joke did you? haha

  • Cameron19

    I hope we sign Daniel Winnik and Michael Del Zotto today, too.

  • Mattmark

    The_Polish_Cannon Mattmark Or he may simply want to stick with Detroit.  It’s a good organization.

  • mike_84

    Cameron19 would be nice depending on the costs.

  • drummond

    rickpearce76 drummond  depends on the team, there some really bad team out there

  • dlb Mad

    Leo’s a real Dick, and this guy’s a Kont
    too much?

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Ze_theLeafsFan ingy56 Alec Brownscombe I don’t know.

  • dlb Mad

    Cameron19 
    i do like the risk/reward on Del Z

  • Waiting4LSC

    drummond Please play nice. I saw the post, and the flashbacks were not fun!!!  :)

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Cameron19

    Alec, Dec and I were talking about this last night.

    Gardiner-Phaneuf
    Rielly-Robidas
    MDZ-Polak.

    Call it a night. Let’s find a C.

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    I wonder if they have talked to Hartikainen

  • Cameron19

    dlb Mad Cameron19 One would think he’s been humbled into a good off-season of hard work after being released and now apparently not highly sought after in UFA.

  • LeafFan15

    Cameron19  What ever happened to Del Zotto, the guy was peaking with the rangers.

  • Mind Bomb

    Cameron19 Already Drinking for the Summer I see :)  Dont get a MDZ get MGD :)

  • Cameron19

    Anthony Petrielli Cameron19 

    And then Winnik – Holland – Frattin on the 4th line. As of now I kind of hope Kontiola is just a 13th or 14th forward option.

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Anthony Petrielli Cameron19 What happened to Franson?

  • Gozo

    Gleason sign with the Canes?

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Anthony Petrielli Cameron19 I wouldn’t mind bringing back Ranger

  • rickpearce76

    Sure this guy has some skill, but can he finnish?

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    Ze_theLeafsFan yeah I was really looking forward to seeing how he does in training camp and pre season. I think someone posted that he signed a deal in the KHL already though

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Gozo yap

  • rickpearce76

    dlb Mad we got a bit more konty today.

  • dlb Mad

    @Anthony Petrielli
    i like the lines you tweeted (without knowing much about this new Kont).  there are players to try in that 2nd line RW spot
    Legwand, though i’m not thrilled about a long term deal with him, would kinda be most ideal for that blank spot on 3C unless there’s a trade.
    thoughts?

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    The_Polish_Cannon Ze_theLeafsFan for how long?

  • sniperstar

    Based on that interview. He seems like Carlyle’s type of guy.