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.
Most impressed by the 68 points in 66 AHL games as a 23 year old re: Kontiola.
— Alec Brownscombe (@MapleLeafsHS) July 3, 2014
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.
I know Kontiola is listed as a C, but I wonder if they'll consider him a RW. 21-42-81, 19-43-Kontiola, 47-____-71, Ashton-Holland-Frattin.
— Anthony Petrielli (@APetrielli) July 3, 2014
Six NHL teams were reportedly courting Kontiola, who is a former seventh round draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks.
In the KHL for Chelyabinsk, Petri Kontiola led the team in scoring, over teammate Andrei Kostitsyn and Evgeny Kuznetsov #Leafs
— Dobber (@DobberHockey) July 3, 2014
Talked to several people about Kontiola in past few days. Not a checker, he's better suited to running a power play etc.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) July 3, 2014
Source: "A guy like Kontiola is easy to sign, because if he doesn't do well, you just place him on waivers and he'll be in KHL in no time."
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) July 3, 2014
Petri Kontiola Video Highlights
Petri Kontiola StatisticsKontiola is a smart center with great passing ability and playmaking skills. Has decent speed, but could shoot the puck more.
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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?
New thread boys: https://twitter.com/LeafsNews/status/484778948132630528
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.
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
*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!
Looks like the skill has been upgraded on the 4th line for sure. Still wondering who kills penalties other than Bozak and JVR.
@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
@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.
@king leary I don't think Nonis is done, but this doesn't force his hand to trade because he has to
@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
@HHT Yep, but truth to be told, I still can not believe Clarkson´s contract too. At least Nonis apparently learnt from his mistakes.
@drummond he has opportunity to make the line up even as a winger
@drummond this will be good for him, will push to develop into the player he can be.
@BrandonCheema Dave Nonis ladies and gentlemen !
@BrandonCheema Upgrading the 4th line is not genius level.
@BrandonCheema Half the battle in the cap era is just not fucking up. So far Nono has done that.
He prefers to be called Chuck Nonis. @BrandonCheema
@mr_hanie Polak is a good penalty Killer as well
@mr_hanie Bozak, Komarov, Santorelli, Kontiola, JvR, Ashton. Phaneuf, Robidas, Polak, Unknown bottom pair LD.
Komarov for one, maybe Ashton
@Dewy Keon Hogturd We got Roman Polak
@dlb Mad Either faster or same. Doubt we got slower. But we upped the effort level by a lot.
he said he was loving how crazy people were getting at the moves and I said "are you one of those people that laughs when someone falls down" and he got offended. Don't know if that is the reason he is gone but it was the same day