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
  • 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.

  • skiingallday

    This is the skilled, yet lunch bucket type crew that we need in Toronto.

  • Anthony Petrielli

    I think this could be a pretty charming rag-tag group of workers. Carlyle has to push the right buttons though. Guess we’ll see.

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Dewy Keon Hogturd Please no Brodeur.

  • RandomScrub

    Anthony Petrielli I would definitely be happy to see some solid lunch pail hockey being played. Especially if the coach can get them playing well.

  • HHT

    First assignment:  beat the crap out of Healy.  Anthony Petrielli

  • BoneChompski

    RandomScrub Anthony Petrielli http://www.aysonican.com/clients/sportsandstuff/nhl_images/leafs_lunch_pail.jpg

  • RandomScrub

    BoneChompski RandomScrub Anthony Petrielli Looks pretty good to me.

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Dewy Keon Hogturd Reimer is just going to have to suck it up as far as I’m concerned.

  • HHT

    That red and white always makes me cringe- even if it is a toilet seat. mikeshaver

  • Jordan29

    Not that I think it would be the best fit, but wouldnt it be cool to see Brodeur as a leaf? Just think about it

  • RandomScrub

    Jordan29 Beyond him being Bernier’s favourite player and possibly helping mentor him. I don’t really know if I’d like him to play 20-25 games for us.

  • HHT

    Perhaps- or trying to win fans over with a new look. #smokenmirrors Anthony Petrielli

  • RandomScrub

    HHT Anthony Petrielli Highly doubt the general fan populace is happy about most of the moves. The general consensus is “Who the hell are these guys”

  • mikeshaver

    Jordan29 would probably buy a jersey, it would only be cool for the novelty factor (aka jagr/selanne)

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Dewy Keon Hogturd I think that’s pretty overblown

  • RandomScrub

    Dewy Keon Hogturd For the first week maybe. After that it should die.

  • Anthony Petrielli

    HHT Anthony Petrielli I’m getting a lot of responses that seem to indicate fans don’t have a clue, to be honest.

  • HHT

    Suddenly branded lunch bucket crew. Something for desperate fans to latch onto. RandomScrub HHT Anthony Petrielli

  • HHT

    I prefer Tavares. Jordan29

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Dewy Keon Hogturd Nobody cared when they were winning

  • Murph2417

    This is looking fairly accurate, Gardiner IMO should be locked up for 4-5 years at 3.8 mil, I’d take that risk with the cap going up.
    CAPGEEK.COM ARMCHAIR GM ROSTER
    CapGeek Armchair GM Roster
    FORWARDS
    Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.200m) / Phil Kessel ($8.000m) 
    James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) / Petri Kontiola ($1.100m) 
    Leo Komarov ($2.950m) / Mike Santorelli ($1.500m) / David Clarkson ($5.250m) 
    Carter Ashton ($0.851m) / Peter Holland ($0.851m) / Matt Frattin ($0.800m) 
    Troy Bodie ($0.600m) / 
    DEFENSEMEN
    Jake Gardiner ($3.800m) / Dion Phaneuf ($7.000m) 
    Morgan Rielly ($0.894m) / Stephane Robidas ($3.000m) 
    Petter Granberg ($0.800m) / Roman Polak ($2.750m) 
    Korbinian Holzer ($0.788m) / 
    GOALTENDERS
    Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m) 
    James Reimer ($2.800m) 
    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
    ——
    CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
    (estimations for 2014-15)
    SALARY CAP: $69,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $64,716,000; BONUSES: $950,000
    CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $4,284,000

  • RandomScrub

    Murph2417 That’s about what I expect. If not Granberg then maybe Ranger or Percy. Depends on what management is thinking.

  • Murph2417

    RandomScrub Murph2417 Yep, exactly. Probably a few minor changes but this is what I expect to see

  • mikeshaver

    #tavaresandstamkos2016

  • Jordan29

    Just a thought. Vancouver is talking about trading a defence for furtures. I think they would also like to dump Markstrom and his 2.9 mil. If we deal Reimer, think about this

    Franson+2nd (from reimer)+ prospect
    FOR
    Hamhuis+Markstrom

    Prospect would have to be good, but still likely worth it. Im obviously not talking a top prospect, but one who has some promise

  • RandomScrub

    Murph2417 RandomScrub Generally optimistic. I feel we’ve done some decent stuff this off season. Most excited to see the kids get more ice time.

  • Bryan93

    Would love Philly to be stuck with Vinny…maybe they would be forced to trade someone like Simmonds or Voracek.  Simmonds would look awesome alongside Lupul and Kadri.

  • RandomScrub

    Jordan29 Give them Holzer.

  • BoneChompski

    Black_Hawk Been looking around, nothing so far.  Last season he was on a two way making 600k/150k.  I’d be thrilled with the same deal, maybe a raise to 750k.

  • Murph2417

    RandomScrub Murph2417 Yep, I am pumped for the kids and the fact Nonis didn’t go after the overpaid, overrated UFA’s

  • 4evrblue

    RandomScrub Murph2417  I’m just gonna wait to see how this goes

  • RandomScrub

    4evrblue RandomScrub Murph2417 As long as the coaching staff doesn’t go full Carlyle like last year I think we should generally be a better team.

  • Jordan29

    RandomScrub Jordan29 maybe even add more salasry our way to sweeten the deal

  • BringBackYushki

    mikeshaver

  • 4evrblue

    RandomScrub 4evrblue Murph2417  that would likely be accurate even if we didn’t make any personnel changes

  • mikeshaver

    BringBackYushki mikeshaver … :)

  • chandler

    Jordan29 RandomScrub did you guys forget about a guy named Ryan Miller in VC? 3yrs

  • Mind Bomb

    Nice the Bodester returns. More Bang for our Buck

  • BringBackYushki

    mikeshaver  sorry bro this UFA Miami Heat model is for the birds

  • RandomScrub

    @chandler Jordan29 RandomScrub Exactly why he said a 2nd round pick which comes from trading Reimer.