For the most part it has been an uneventful day of NHL free agency. None of the big names were signed to long term deals, no big time trades were made. This left us for a day of some minor league signings, but several signings of depth players. As for the Toronto Maple Leafs, President and General Manager Brian Burke made five different moves on the first day of the 2012 summer free agency.
The first notable move is signing Jay McClement to a two-year deal reportedly worth $3 million. The move for the 29 year old McClement, who scored 10 goals and 17 points for the Colorado Avalanche last season, was because of his ability on the penalty kill, where he ranked third among forwards in playing time (3:06 minutes per game). This Maple Leafs finished 28th last season on the PK, while ending up in the bottom three in penalty killing over the past five season.
My thoughts on this signing are only positive remarks, McClement is a hard working player, who has a good face-off percentage, an excellent penalty killer and is not a dud when it comes to putting up points.
Next up is Matt Frattin who spent time between the Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies during his rookie season. Frattin recorded 15 points in 56 games during his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, while collecting 18 points in 24 games during his time with the Marlies. Frattin’s new deal consists of 2 more years in Toronto worth $1.7 million.
Brian Burke inked Toronto Marlies captain Ryan Hamilton to a one year, two way deal worth $600,000.
Toronto Maple Leafs signed minor league goalie Jussi Rynnas to a one year, two way deal. Rynnas at age 25 played in two games with the Maple Leafs this season, including his NHL debut March 27 vs. Carolina Hurricanes and his first NHL start March 29 vs. Philadelphia Flyers. Behind Ben Scrivens for the majority of the season Rynnas finished with a 11-9-1 record, 2.55 goals against average and a .910 save percentage over a 22 game span.
Lastly, the last player Brian Burke sign today to the Toronto Maple Leafs is minor league defenseman Mike Kostka to a one year deal. There is not much to say about Kostka other than he will start out as a bottom four defenseman on the Toronto Marlies, but I will say he does have some pop in his stick.
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