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

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
JVRBozakKessel
Lupul
KadriClarkson
Komarov
SantorelliKontiola?
Ashton
HollandFrattin
BodieKontiola? Leivo
BrollMcKeggOrr
Carrick
  • http://theNHLarena.com/ leafersutherland

    Wish he spent more time banging and less time pretending he can fight.

  • Black_Hawk

    cap hit?

  • Black_Hawk

    was probably the best 4th liner last year though so not bad depth

  • Hifi75

    Looks like they expect the 4th line and for that matter the bottom 6 as an aggressive balls out forechecking group. I like that a lot better than last year

  • JeffNB

    Training camp and pre-season are going to be important this year. There are so many potential combinations, particularly in the bottom 6. Will be important to find chemistry and work out the lines. Kind of exciting.

  • LEDialerupboys

    I liked Bodies efforts last year. Clearly management is not giving Randy any room for excuse in bottom six options. There’s more than a few combos that could be interesting. I kinda like Bodie/Ashton-Holland-Frattin on the 4th. 3 skilled boys, one maniac, and all with decent size to them.

  • charlieb83

    Free?

  • 4evrblue

    with all of these small forwards being brought in we needed a little snarl. I like this signing.

  • mikeshaver

    im cool with it.

  • BoneChompski

    4evrblue Bodie is a good combo of hustle, awareness and threat.  Can’t remember him taking any bad penalties last year.