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

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

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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)
Season
Team
League
GP
G
A
TP
PIM
+/-
 
Postseas.
GP
G
A
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-----|

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1053 comments
bigsmokefan
bigsmokefan

evander kane is in play according to every canadian media outled... what could the leafs realistically offer Winnipeg to get him on the roster? Reimer, Gardener, Lupul and a pick? 

drummond
drummond

Lots of money left for Gards and avoiding arbitration

king leary
king leary

Legwand's a better hockey player but if that fell through, Santorelli is a good plan E or F or whatever at a good price.


As some have mentioned, interestingly, still feels like a stop-gap team -- could compete and do very well and surprise a lot of people, could be completely out of it and dismantled in February -- so that guys like Santorell and Kontiola one day become the answer to obscure hockey trivia questions.

HHT
HHT

Florida is quite the science experiment.  Can't believe Bolland contract.  

drummond
drummond

I guess, the only one who is at unease is Holland, lots of competition for him

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

Guess it's going to be a long summer from here on out.... unless Nonis can do some trades now but that stuff takes time 

drummond
drummond

Shanny extend Nonis, NOW!!

BrandonCheema
BrandonCheema

*drafted a player with elite potential 

*upgraded d-core with polak , robidas... still might not be done

*signed many depth players 

*no stupid contracts!!!!!

* many low risk high reward players


how can you be mad at that? fucking fantastic job nonis!

mr_hanie
mr_hanie

Looks like the skill has been upgraded on the 4th line for sure. Still wondering who kills penalties other than Bozak and JVR.

drummond
drummond

I loved Nik Kulemin but if Nonis can build the whole line just for Kulis contract, WOW

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

@drummond it would be nice if they lock gardiner in on a contract with term now to avoid a potential massive contract following a bridge deal

mr_hanie
mr_hanie

@king leary Lets see if the quality of Leaf pro scouting has improved with these signings or more of the same as Rickard Wallin again.

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

@king leary  I don't think Nonis is done, but this doesn't force his hand to trade because he has to

Mcost61
Mcost61

@king leary I think the term is great for us, i don't want a 34 yr old player tied up for 3 or 4 years, good on Nonis

drummond
drummond

@HHT Yep, but truth to be told, I still can not believe Clarkson´s contract too. At least Nonis apparently learnt from his mistakes.

NinetyThree
NinetyThree

@drummond this will be good for him, will push to develop into the player he can be.

colino17
colino17

@BrandonCheema Half the battle in the cap era is just not fucking up. So far Nono has done that.

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

@mr_hanie Bozak, Komarov, Santorelli, Kontiola, JvR, Ashton. Phaneuf, Robidas, Polak, Unknown bottom pair LD.

NinetyThree
NinetyThree

@dlb Mad @drummond totally agree, team chemistry can trump individual talent. Remember the Panthers when they were in the Cup finals?

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

@dlb Mad Either faster or same. Doubt we got slower. But we upped the effort level by a lot.

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

@BrandonCheema @dlb Mad  I would still go after gorges, I'm sure the reality of buffalo has set in and I'm sure buffalo would take Franson due to youth