Well it’s been one heck of a free agency in the NHL so far! We’ve seen so many moves, involving some big unexpected surprises and a lot of goalies finding new homes. We’ll start things off, of course, with my beloved Maple Leafs.
Doobie Doobie Dubas!
Toronto Maple Leafs GM, Kyle Dubas, said he was looking to make the Leafs a tougher team to play against; and he’s done just that! The first acquisition was bringing in Scarborough, ON native, Wayne Simmonds. Best known for his size and grit, Simmonds is capable of a 30-goal touch when healthy. He also ensures nobody pushes the young Leafs around. Later in the same day, Kyle addressed the defensive gap in Toronto; by signing TJ Brodie to a 4-year deal at $5M AAV. Fans in Toronto still weren’t satisfied that enough had been done. And so, yesterday Kyle Dubas made another unexpected move. The Leafs traded F Andreas Johnsson to New Jersey for F Joey Anderson. Who’s Joey Anderson? It doesn’t matter! The main thing is, Dubas moved all $3.4M of Johnsson’s contract without having to retain any of it. What next? How about signing a recent Stanley Cup winner, D Zach Bogosian, to a 1-year deal at a satisfying $1M value. At 6’3 and 226lbs – the Leafs just answered the call on making their defense a little bigger and stronger by adding a veteran leader on the blue line. I’m very pleased with the moves so far and I really don’t think the Leafs are done. From being cap-strapped, Kyle Dubas acquired some much needed upgrades, moved some bad contracts, and now somehow also sit with $1.3M in cap-space. I don’t think he’s done here folks – there are still some big fish in the sea and the Leafs do still have the option to move William Nylander if it means bringing in Alex Pietrangelo or someone else on that back line.
Did you miss Between The Pipes?
We had a jam-packed episode of Between The Pipes as we talked trades and rumors as the night progressed and discussed our thoughts on what was yet to come. You can catch Archie and new guest co-host, Wade Pye, in Episode 11 here.
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