Quantcast
Free Agency

Free Agency

260

The Maple Leafs and James Reimer have followed the league-wide theme of arbitration avoidance by arriving at a 2-year contract agreement worth $2.3 million per season. It’s difficult to know how much praise is deserved for signing good-value RFA deals because the leverage is so tilted in favour of the club, but this is another cap-friendly deal for the Leafs and it seems to comes in for less than Reimer would've been awarded in arbitration. Reimer and Bernier will be earning a combined $5.2 million last season and that’s excellent value for a tandem that stands among the best in the...

883

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed David Booth to a 1 year contract worth $1.1 million. https://twitter.com/APetrielli/status/491669971781828608 SCOUTING REPORT Assets: Has speed to burn. Can put up points in bunches and is ultra aggressive on the forecheck. Also boasts a nose for the net. Can play on either side of center, which adds to his overall value. Flaws:Concussions are still a concern with him, especially since he has a bad habit of keeping his head down in dangerous areas of the ice. Isn't a natural setup man. Lacks game-to-game consistency. Career Potential:Speedy, streaky scoring winger. - The Forecaster Leafs fans might remember David Booth from when...

1265

Cody Franson has avoided arbitration with the Toronto Maple Leafs by signing a one-year deal worth $3.3 million dollars. https://twitter.com/LeafsNews/status/491216487647313920 Franson, 26, lead the Maple Leafs defence in point production the last 2 seasons with 4g, 25a, 29pts in 45 games in 2012-2013 and 5g, 28a, 33pts in 79 games in 2013-14, most of which came on the power play. Franson has struggled defensively under former Leafs coach Ron Wilson and again under Randy Carlyle this past season in an increased role; there wasn't a lot of fight in his camp to go after a higher number, of which he was deserving...

Peter Holland

1021

Peter Holland has been signed to a two-year, one-way contract worth $775,000 a season, Anthony Petrielli of Maple Leafs Hot Stove has learned. https://twitter.com/APetrielli/statuses/489473469932134401 Holland would've had the option of accepting a one-year, two-way $850,000 qualifying offer as fellow former first round pick Carter Ashton did earlier today, but obviously opted for the guaranteed NHL salary of a one-way deal over two years. It appears to work out nicely for the Leafs. If the 23-year-old Holland can serve as the third line center during this contract and do so capably, $775,000 a season is really good value, assuming his NHL production begins...

11

The Maple Leafs have brought back Trevor Smith on a one-year, one-way $550,000 contract. This is a no-brainer for the Leafs, as Smith is quality depth and the captain of the Marlies. With the Leafs last season, Trevor Smith played at a 32 point pace averaging less than 10 and a half minutes of ice time per game, but he collected all of his nine points in 28 games when playing up the lineup. In the three games when both Nazem Kadri was suspended and Tyler Bozak was hurt in mid November, he collected five of his 9 playing some shifts...

1193

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...

Mike Santorelli

678

The Maple Leafs have signed centerman Mike Santorelli to a 1-year, $1.5 million contract. It looks like the Maple Leafs have settled for two cheaper options than David Legwand to round out their bottom six centers, adding Mike Santorelli as well as KHL import Petri Kontiola today. One is likely to play wing (Kontiola or Santorelli could play RW) while the other rounds out the group of centers alongside Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and Peter Holland.  Those are questions for training camp. For now, all of Petri Kontiola, Peter Holland and Mike Santorelli give the Leafs bottom six C options...

Petri Kontiola

1227

The Toronto Maple Leafs have gone overseas to sign a depth center in Petri Kontiola to a one-year, $1.1 million contract (one-way). We now know what else Dave Nonis was up to when he visited Finland recently to meet with Leo Komarov. This is a found wallet free agent  if he works out—and if he doesn't, both parties can go their separate ways without penalty. Why not, right? Kontiola amassed 112 assists and 175 points in 258 regular-season KHL games for Traktor and Metallurg Magnitogorsk. He put up 130 points in 147 games in the American Hockey League before he went...

Claude Loiselle

466

Loiselle on Robidas, Komarov, Polak & Frattin acquisitions for Leafs Leafs asst. GM Claude Loiselle says that his club came out with more "sandpaper" with new defencemen Stephane Robidas & Roman Polak, and got a "glue guy" with the re-acquisition of Leo Komarov from the KHL.

904

All in all, there weren't any miracles performed that we can be over the moon about yesterday, but the hope is that there was some incremental improvements made and -- perhaps more importantly -- some major mistakes avoided with the type of money that was doled out to the likes of Brooks Orpik and Dave Bolland. Stephane Robidas We’ll start with the new acquisition I’m most excited about. Stephane Robidas has been a warrior in Dallas. He wears the evidence on his face. Maple Leafs management felt there was a need for more leadership, character, competitiveness and experience on this team, and...

722

We were not sure what direction the Maple Leafs would be heading entering today's free agency period. To some degree, we still don’t. The team appears to be trying to build some depth back up while bringing in some veterans to help develop and mentor their young kids. As has been noted here before, this team had the worst bottom six in the League last season and they have taken some steps already to try and improve it, so that in and of itself could stand to notably improve the team. But there is still a lot of work to...

571

It's hard not to get excited about the return of a fan favorite like Leo Komarov. Whether it was perceived or real, fans certainly felt he was a big piece of what made the team harder to play against in his short stay during the lockout-shortened year. He came in at a steeper price tag than expected at $2.95 million per season, given his nine points in 45 games in his limited sample of NHL games. Komarov always has been more of an offensive player in the KHL, where he's been around a .60PPG player for Dynamo. Perhaps there's more to give...

483

The Maple Leafs have dipped into the free agent pool to sign defenceman Stephane Robidas to a three-year, $9 million contract. Dave Nonis has added a right-handed top-4 option here in the tough-as-nails veteran. Certainly he brings the element of leadership and tough-to-play-against qualities, but he also has a long track record of capably handling tough minutes, averaging 22:14 in the lockout-shortened season and just under 20 minutes in his curtailed 2013-14 season. He seems like a great fit on Jake Gardiner or Morgan Rielly's right. The obvious risk comes in the form of signing a 37-year-old defenceman who broke his...

20

Strange first deal on July 1 from the Maple Leafs here, bringing back Matt Frattin in exchange for Jerry D'Amigo and a 7th round pick. Bringing Matt Frattin back was an idea we bounced around these parts given the former Leafs sixth round pick has failed to catch on in two separate cities, Los Angeles and Columbus, and never showed the same promise as he did here, despite an opportunity in LA's top 6 initially. Frattin had 13 points in 25 games in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. The Leafs moved Frattin to LA in the Jonathan Bernier deal after bowing out...

Phil Kessel

1198

The naming of Joffrey Lupul as an alternate captain and the announcement of his charity initiative Lupes Troops (granted this doesn't always guarantee a spot in Toronto for the indefinite future) in recent days were both indicators that Nonis and Carlyle see Lupul as a face of the franchise going forward. Faces of the franchise usually need long term contracts, but few would've expected one for Lupul this soon in the season. When you boil it down, the Leafs just paid Lupul to be the player he was last season for five more seasons after this shortened one. There is...

Cody Franson

1282

The NHLPA has ratified the new CBA, now the NHL and NHLPA will sign off on the pre-CBA document known as a Memorandum of Understanding. Two hours after the ink is dry on the MOU, player signings and trades can begin in preparation for the new season. For the Leafs' part, they are expected to announce the signing of defenceman Cody Franson to a one-year deal for a shade over a $1 million: A cheap one-year re-up to bring the right-hander back from Sweden in time for camp and have him compete for the spot vacated by Luke Schenn. Failing...

995

The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed winger Nikolai Kulemin to a two-year, estimated $5.6-million contract this morning.  The Leafs avoided the potentially acrimonious arbitration process, signing the Magnitogorsk native to a deal with a modest cap hit of $2.8-million. Kulemin, a 2006 second round draft pick, struggled mightily prior to a season-ending finger injury last season, posting career lows with seven goals and 28 points in 70 games.  He scored 30 goals for the Maple Leafs in the 2010-2011 season. The two-year term means Kulemin will be a UFA at deal's end, as opposed to a "show me" one-year deal which...

419

So, Nik Kulemin is up for Club Elected Arbitration. Seems interesting, and given Burke’s statements in the past about arbitration I’d assume they’ll actually go through the process. What this means is that Kulemin will likely be on a one year deal, giving him one more round of restricted free agency after this one. Not a bad way for the Leafs to hold the cards, but it also gives Kulemin a chance to show if he’s the seven goal scorer we saw last season or if he’s the 30 goal scorer from the previous season (TRUTH: he’s somewhere in between.) Arbitrations...

1583

The Leafs have added some strength down the middle by signing Jay McClement to a two-year deal worth $3 million total. They were also able to agree to terms with Matt Frattin on a two-year deal that totals $1.7 million, while resigning Ryan Hamilton and Jussi Rynnas as well as adding Mike Kostka to the organization, too. It wasn't a banner day for the Leafs, but it was still an important one. Most notably, they finally added the third line center they've needed for quite some time and that has serious ramifications on the rest of the roster. Burke talked about it in...

1383

The Leafs have signed Jay McClement to a 2-year, $3-million (1.5 mil. per) contract. McClement is a 29-year-old centerman from Kingston, Ontario (that one's for you, Don Cherry). A left handed shooter, he stands 6 ft 1 in tall and weighs in at 205 lbs. He is your prototypical shutdown centerman with little offense. But what he does, he does well. A guy with good faceoff numbers, McClement is a player who is more mobile than Steckel, excels on the penalty kill and has decent size. Viewed as a sturdy player, McClement has played 80 or more games in the past 6 seasons. A guy...