The Maple Leafs have brought back depth winger Troy Bodie on a one-year contract.
Signing Tim Leiweke’s son in law, and his inclusion in the 22-man opening night roster in October, brought about some skepticism early on last Fall, especially given the Maple Leafs had waved goodbye to Joe Colborne in the preseason.
The perception wasn’t helped by a skating stride that’s offensive to the eyes at first blush, but some fans came to appreciate his contributions on the fourth line when he was on the team (spent 47 games with the Leafs, 17 with the Marlies).
Certainly easier to watch than Colton Orr or Frazer McLaren, Bodie is a 6’5 body who can deceptively cover ground once he reaches top gear. He generated some offensive zone time for the team on occasion with balls-out forechecking, and went hard to the net to find a few offensive opportunities here and there, tallying 10 points including 4 goals in 47 games (a prorated 17 point pace over 82 games under a 8:36/game workload). That matched Jay McClement’s offensive output in 34 fewer games while playing 6+ minutes less a night.
He was one of few Leafs who made an opposing defencemen wince in anticipation when retrieving a dump in. Maybe he stood out more than usual for that reason; a Maple Leaf forward going in hard on the forecheck and separating a man from the puck to win possession was too rare of a sight last season. Bodie did it with some frequency last year.
Troy Bodie will likely serve as the 13th-14th forward for the team, and as long as he doesn’t get in the way of Carter Ashton’s opportunity or the advancement of a younger up and comer if one emerges in camp and preseason, there’s little harm in this. We’ll have to see what the plan is with Fraser McLaren and Colton Orr, but hopefully none of these three take priority over the likes of Ashton or Frattin and we see a new and improved line four next season. Injuries are inevitable, and having Bodie’s heavyweight size around to plug into the lineup when needed isn’t a bad idea.
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so I see @loomx managed to go 1-2 days without posting on MLHS... the addiction is strong
@CanuckUKinToronto I called it yesterday. I'm still hoping Nonis will add Setoguchi and Del Zotto, too.
@dlb Mad I see him more at 1 year 1.5 max he did have trouble staying in the line up over the season but would be a good signing
@CanuckUKinToronto I think you're right. I'm not particularly thrilled with bringing in Brodeur, but I won't be up in arms over it until I see how it plays out
Santorelli isn't a bad pick up. NHL calibre player with good effort. Good bottom six type.
@thelongroad I don't really feel like watching this team tank all season. I think they'll be competitive. No matter what, though I want them to play well. Tanking intentionally is cowardly, it like diving in soccer...all year!
@thelongroad You think our team will be better served playing a pathetic losing season?
@Axle_Goalie You mean dumber than swapping a Dman for a lesser Dman, then including a draft pick and retaining salary? Or including a draft pick in the Frattin trade ... or recycling him at all? Or overpaying Komarov by at least $1 million?
I like Nonis, but ...
@The_Polish_Cannon @CanuckUKinToronto I do believe Reimer is on his way out, but the price tag for Brodeur won't be that high. If anything I think they look elsewhere for a back-up that would most likely be through trade
edit: even if they got Brodeur I can't see him getting anything over 3mil which is about 500k more than Reimer getting so cap should be fine if we went that route
we will not get any better as a middle of the road team, if we cant make the moves to be a contender now then a few bad years with some great draft picks would give them a better future.
@LeafsGuru @hoolihan @Axle_Goalie someone posted a stat that only 30-some% of the leagues Dmen are right handed. It wasn't really overpaying when you're trading a LD that's had hip issues for 2 years for a solid RD. Komarov is only over paid in year 1 of his contract, just like every contract signed with term. In the Frattin trade Nonis was trading a guy that has been (up to now) a career AHL'er for an NHL player
@hoolihan @LeafsGuru @Axle_Goalie Polak might play one spot lower in the Defensive pairings but the fact of the matter is right D are becoming more rare and harder to acquire. Komarov is not "at least 1 mill" overpaid. Everyone thought he would get somewhere around 2 mil to as a high as 2.5. So he might be 500,000 overpaid right now. When management signed him to the contract, they weren't simply gauging the player by Carlyle's usage of him on the 4th line. Judging by what teams paid for other players in free agency it's a good move for what he brings to the team
You may be right about Frattin, he might not ever find his game again. Leafs brass are taking a chance that playing with his friends and teammates that he's had success with in the past will help him find his game again. Giving up d'amigo and a 7th round pick that will never see the NHL is little payment for a potentially high reward
@hoolihan @LeafsGuru @Axle_Goalie This is what was wrong in the first place everyone saw Gunnerson as a top Pairing d-man he's NOT! The Leafs have finally got realistic with there d-core, Polak is a 5-6 who could fill in as a 4th if needed but better served as a 5-6. This is why we can never make the playoffs we saw gunner as a top pair d-man. Time to get realistic people.
Komarov's CAP hit is $1 million too high for all of his contract. Salary is irrelevant unless you need it to make the CAP floor.
Frattin hasn't proven yet that he's a full-time NHLer, and I doubt he will.
@thelongroad What's "the future"?
@dlb Mad Aye I am in shock actually, when I looked at his states, amount of lifting sticks alone you would think he would get a few by accident
@dlb Mad the one penalty was for holding a broken stick too. lol
@thelongroad Detroit has never bottomed out to do that. Just so you know you can still get young talent by not tanking
@hoolihan @LeafsGuru @Axle_Goalie sorry if I don't share your negativity but Ph9 was doing just fine playing defense for the first 60 games then the whole team went to shit. Can't put the blame on one player. you can feel how you want but I think we have improved if you can't see that enjoy your negativity
@hoolihan @LeafsGuru @Axle_Goalie sorry I don't think you are a realist, if you can't see the change they did was being realistic with the defense. they traded gunner a 3-4 dman for polak a 5-6 dman that plays right. They got a vet presence to help on the D to even help dion with his leadership skills. They basically have chaged 50% of there defense in one offseason for the better.