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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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

LW
C
RW
JVR BozakKessel
Lupul
Kadri Clarkson
Komarov
SantorelliKontiola?
Ashton
HollandFrattin
BodieKontiola? Leivo
BrollMcKeggOrr
Carrick
1191 comments
CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

Santorelli is a much better pick up that people are giving credit .... not to mention his lower TOI .. if you just look at his Even strength points per games played he ranked 26th in the entire NHL for Centres last year.   Not bad for using on the 3rd line C and spotting injuries.  All for $1.5m


I think the Raymond signing was a milestone for us landing deals like Santorelli-    One year deals where a player can show their skills, get an opportunity to produce for $1-$1.8m then sign a deal the next year somewhere for $3m+


Win win for both ..

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

watching re-runs of last year's Leafs games, i think Ranger is a really solid player.  big and strong, plenty mobile, great stick, happy to block shots and battle guys all over the ice.

he anticipates well and can be whatever he decides to be out there.  when he bought into being a shutdown guy he was good at it.

i would give Ranger a contract so long as he's willing to be that 3rd line LD to play with Polak on a shutdown and PK role.

1 year - 3 million (yup)

2 years - 2.5

Holzer would be the 7th defenseman.  He'd expect to give way to the veterans until an injury gave him an opportunity.  He could practice with the NHL club and not worry about riding the bus anymore.  Start feeling like he belongs and that his AHL career is behind him.  Instead of mentoring the youngsters on the Marlies, he'll learn from the veterans on the Leafs.

Granberg and the others can play big roles on the Marlies, just down the road from the ACC, ready for a call-up at any time.

Bruffins
Bruffins

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

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

the plan:

1.  Is Randy the right coach?

If not, by mid-year he will be the first necessary change.

2. Are Kessel and Phanuef the core players we can ultimately win with?

If not, next summer we will likely see a big shake-up to the core: JVR, Kadri, Bozak, Kessel, Lupul, Clarkson, Phanuef and even Gardiner.  This could resemble a retool moreso than a tear down, to everyone's dismay.

3.  If the coach and core survive, then the guys on the one years contracts will be in competition with a number of Marlies on the rise to fill out the supporting cast.

Next year, assuming an upward trend for them moment, the core group will have an adusted supporting cast, and in the summer or by the trade deadline should get a boost to the top end in hopes of taking a real crack at a Cup run.

Year three, assuming again things are going well, we have our core group settled on, we have most of our supporting cast in line, and we have the prospect depth to deal to make the key moves to put us in the conversation once and for all.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves too much, but this year will determined whether or not we're on a three year plan now or a full rebuild.  I expect Shanahan to push forward until there's no hope of success.

I know there are probably more cynical people out there than believers, but that's what I expect.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

I really think Leafs will deal Reimer over the next week and sign Brodeur.. Just how the dialogue went.. They are trying to maximise Reimer's return- ie. saying he will play if they don't get the best deal etc.. But with both Timmy and Shanny having courted Brodeur, I just see it as something potentially happening

ayeats26
ayeats26

CAPGEEK.COM ARMCHAIR GM ROSTER

Send down Orr, Bodie. Sign Brodeur. Lupul, Franson to COL for O'Reilly. Bozak, Holzer to EDM for Perron. Reimer, Ashton to STL for Berglund.
FORWARDS
James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Ryan O'Reilly ($6.500m) / Phil Kessel ($8.000m) 
David Perron ($3.813m) / Patrik Berglund ($3.700m) / David Clarkson ($5.250m) 
Leo Komarov ($2.950m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) / Mike Santorelli ($1.500m) 
Peter Holland ($1.000m) / Petri Kontiola ($1.100m) / Matt Frattin ($0.800m) 
DEFENSEMEN
Jake Gardiner ($4.000m) / Dion Phaneuf ($7.000m) 
Morgan Rielly ($0.894m) / Stephane Robidas ($3.000m) 
Petter Granberg ($0.800m) / Roman Polak ($2.750m) 
GOALTENDERS
Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m) 
Martin Brodeur ($2.500m) 
BUYOUTS
Mike Komisarek ($0.000m) 
Mikhail Grabovski ($0.000m) 
Tim Gleason ($0.833m) 
RETAINED SALARIES (0.29% of upper limit)
Carl Gunnarsson ($0.200m—6.35%) 
BONUS OVERAGE
$450,000
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CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(estimations for 2014-15)
SALARY CAP: $69,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $67,090,000; BONUSES: $950,000
CAP SPACE (20-man roster): $1,910,000

thelongroad
thelongroad

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

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

i like the boost to the supporting cast, but i'm still not sure we've got enough bangers in the bunch.  Downie and Skille would have been good adds for me because they're scrappy and skilled like the guys we've added, but they also hit hard.

Frattin has that potential.  Komarov a little less so.  Bodie finishes checks, but in a different way.

how about Kontiola and Santorelli?  i hope one finish checks like Komarov and the other like Frattin, but i don't know.  do you?

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

i mean this in a nice way, Mr Bodie

if Troy is the worst player on our team, we stand a chance

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@dlb Mad I think they wont resign Ranger as they would rather try one of Granberg, Percy, Holzer or MacWilliam 

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

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@CanuckUKinToronto 

i think we're going to deal Reimer and sign Brodeur as well.  and all that CAP space we have is going to disappear with a 5 million dollar price tag.  just a hunch.  we'll all be like WTF

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@dlb Mad


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

Gilbey93
Gilbey93

Why does everyone like ROR? Put up points playing with duchene

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@hoolihan

if they sign Del Z i think he'll eventually make Gardiner expendible

because i believe in Del Z

they really need a solid partner to compliment Polak on that shutdown unit imo

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@LeafsGuru

i think most would agree with you.

i just think Ranger is a lot better player than most people, i think.

honestly, i think he could get 4 million somewhere, and i think 3 million would be good value to us.

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. 

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@B_Leaf

but does he hit hard?

i think it's something that we would benefit from a lot, having a few of those guys who scare the crap out of the other team

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Gilbey93 

more than any player i've seen in the last 10 years outside of Pronger, he gets his stick on every puck that's remotely close to him.

he's just a saavy player with a knack for doing exactly what had to be done.

he doesn't hit or skate fast, but he does everything else perfectly.  makes guys miss, sets guys up, finishes off scoring chances, gives no time and space to the opposition...allows his linemates to excel.

not sure he's a game breaker, but the play seems to revolve around him when he's on the ice.

just a good hockey player imo.

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 :)

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@LeafsGuru

the thing with signing veteran players who have always made top dollars, is that they typically don't suddenly play for a bargain

i'd love for him to come here and sign a contract that's a good value to the team

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@The_Polish_Cannon

it's not the Reimer trade that will ignite us, it's the CAP space chewed up for Brodeur that i'm guessing at.

we're in a good spot right now to make a couple more solid moves.  CAP space is a weapon we're not used to having.  i hope we deploy it well.

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


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.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Mind Bomb

RoR?  one penalty?

wow.  haha.  for the amount of shutdown assignments against top players he gets, that's incredible.

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 

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

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@LeafsGuru

RoR at 1C?  not for me either.

he's the guy i stick on a top 6 wing so that line can play against anyone.

Lupul-Kadri-RoR could play against Crosby or Toews lines imo.

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