Troy Bodie re-signed to one-year deal by the Maple Leafs

Troy Bodie re-signed to one-year deal by the Maple Leafs

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TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 19: Troy Bodie #40 of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores a first period goal on Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes during NHL game action December 19, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

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.

Maple Leafs Forwards Depth Chart

LWCRW
JVR BozakKessel
Lupul
Kadri Clarkson
Komarov
SantorelliKontiola?
Ashton
HollandFrattin
BodieKontiola? Leivo
BrollMcKeggOrr
Carrick
955 comments
Bruffins
Bruffins

so I see @loomx managed to go 1-2 days without posting on MLHS... the addiction is strong

thelongroad
thelongroad

I want to see a playoff team as much as anyone, but not trading our young talent is not tanking.

thelongroad
thelongroad

We would be better served near the bottom than being a fringe playoff team, build for the future!

Axle_Goalie
Axle_Goalie

Anybody else feel a dumb move by the Leafs coming up? My spidey sense is tingling.

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

@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

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

@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

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@dlb Mad


Santorelli isn't a bad pick up. NHL calibre player with good effort. Good bottom six type. 

Axle_Goalie
Axle_Goalie

@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! 

hoolihan
hoolihan

@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 ...

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

@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

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

@dlb Mad @CanuckUKinToronto Management is making a strong effort for culture change. Bringing in lots of and character and veterans. If Reimer wants a trade, I don't see them wanting to risk a possible distraction in the dressing room. 

thelongroad
thelongroad

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
LeafsGuru

@hoolihan @Axle_Goalie  gunner is not better than polak both are on equal value polak plays the right side which increases he value over Gunner.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@dlb Mad @hoolihan 90 percent of the teams in the NHL, are screaming for Legit NHL D men, MDZ is not one of them :) Hence not being signed


Gleason = Signed

Tom Gilbert=Signed


Etc


MDZ, scrap heap :)

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@dlb Mad @Gilbey93 I am still in shock, you play 80 games and get 1 penalty the whole year, How is that possible playing that many minutes lol


hoolihan
hoolihan

@LeafsGuru @hoolihan @Axle_Goalie You're the only person in the world (probably) who believes that. Gunnarsson is a 3/4 pairing Dman. Polak is 5/6 at best. He's more physical, but that's the only part of his game that's better than Gunnarsson's.

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

@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

thelongroad
thelongroad

yes trade the future for an older player just for one round in the post season.

hoolihan
hoolihan

@Axle_Goalie @hoolihan No Staal will be coming to Toronto, but I don't see trading anyone on the current roster as "dumb" depending on the return. There can be no untouchables on a bottom-3rd of the standings team.

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

@dlb Mad @The_Polish_Cannon

What if the Leafs offer a great job in management after this year to cut the salary Brodeur would want.

Example.. Brodeur plays for 1.5M this year then next year gets a cushy VP of Goal Protection job.

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

@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

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

@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.

hoolihan
hoolihan

@The_Polish_Cannon @LeafsGuru Gunnarsson will be #4 in St. Louis. They've already said that. Polak couldn't crack their top 6.

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.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@hoolihan @Mind Bomb @dlb Mad There is always That Hooli, but then we spend our cap on a Reclamation project, We have Marlie D men ready to push for spots, So for em its a legit top 4 D man, or give it to Granberg 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@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 

thelongroad
thelongroad

Retain young talent and draft more, would like build like Detroit.

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

@hoolihan @LeafsGuru @Mind Bomb @dlb Mad  finn isn't ready yet needs to play in the AHL first imo, Percy should be given a shot hopefully he can but not sure if he needs 1 more year or call up duties to slowly give him NHL experience

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

@Mind Bomb @dlb Mad  Yup great player but still not convinced his the right fit for our team as a 1C. But an upgrade for sure but not by a stretch

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

@hoolihan @LeafsGuru @Axle_Goalie  exactly we had to settle because our defense was shit! Reilly will be on that top pairing in a year or 2 hell maybe 3.  Gadiner will be there for now with ph9 we finally got realistic


Gardiner- Ph9

Reilly - Robidas

------  - Polak

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

@thelongroad  Detroit has never bottomed out to do that. Just so you know you can still get young talent by not tanking

hoolihan
hoolihan

@LeafsGuru @hoolihan @Axle_Goalie Not really all that inspiring. The top pairing will be a BIG minus tandem. Neither can play DEFENSE to save their lives. I can't even imagine Gardiner against other teams' top lines.

thelongroad
thelongroad

Do you not remember the Detroit dead things?

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

@Mind Bomb @hoolihan @dlb Mad  ya Gorges would have been amazing to get, and I think the leafs should still try but don't think it will happen.  But I guess that's part of the reason why I'm optimistic they have been clever in there re-tooling of the team this year

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

@dlb Mad @LeafsGuru  very true and reilly can read if Ph9 will pinch or not. where as Jake is gone most of the time lol

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

@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
hoolihan

@LeafsGuru @hoolihan @Axle_Goalie 50+ years of watching this "show", and remembering what it was like when it was GOOD, have tempered my optimism. I'm more of a realist now when I assess the team's assets and potential.

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

@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. 

hoolihan
hoolihan

@LeafsGuru @hoolihan @Axle_Goalie That's your opinion, and you're entitled to it. The fact that I disagree with you doesn't make me wrong. Time will tell.

BTW - I think Robidas is a nice "add".