Leafs Sign Young Defenceman T.J. Brennan

Blake Murphy
July 05 2013 02:40PM

 

 

According to the TSN panel and multiple insiders on Twitter, the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenceman T.J. Brennan. 

Bobby Mac gives you the financial details there - it's a fine depth signing at nearly a minimum cost, a necessity for the Leafs given that, prior to this move, they had a hair over $14M in cap space left to sign their six remaining restricted free agents and two more players to fill out the 23-man roster.

A friendly $0.6M cap hit for Brennan, who will slot in as the number seven of eight defenceman (or, as Jeffler points out, on the Marlies' top pair). This is a better low-cost signing than the Orr/McLaren types, simply for the reason that Brennan has more upside and potential than the other two.

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Breaking: Leafs Re-Sign Frazer McLaren

Blake Murphy
July 05 2013 10:46AM

 

Per James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with restricted free agent Frazer McLaren. Mirtle reports the salary figure as $700,000 per season. 

McLaren previously had a cap hit of $632,500, so he's receiving a slight and expected raise as an RFA. The Leafs claimed McLaren off of waivers from the San Jose Sharks in January of this year, deploying him in 35 games. He tallied just five points and racked up 102 penalty minutes, placing third in the NHL with 12 fights, per HockeyFights.com.

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When Small Moves Add Up to Big Costs

Blake Murphy
July 03 2013 01:20PM

The Leafs will have $1M against their cap for Colby Armstrong this season.

On the Internet, it is really easy to overact to something small and make it into a much bigger deal than it needs to be. This is kind of what Twitter was invented for.

It’s unfortunate, but the opposite can also be true sometimes – it’s really easy to ignore small things or claim “it’s insignificant” in defense of something (or to keep the angry trolls at bay).

Such has been the debate format over several of the Leafs’ moves this offseason, minor moves that have created rage and then been dismissed. To refresh your memory, I made a flow chart of these events.

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