July 04 2014 09:33AM
James Reimer was among the first restricted free agents to file for salary arbitration this season. That means that I had to spend a good portion of my morning going back over all the arbitration rules, since I tend to forget them over the summer.
The key thing to note is that by filing for arbitration, Reimer can no longer negotiate with other teams and other teams can not sign the young goaltender to an offer sheet. I was wondering if that might be a route taken by a rogue team seeking to improve their goaltending situation, being able to pay up to about $3-and-a-half million without giving up too much, but that door is closed right now. The Leafs must sign or trade Reimer.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 03 2014 08:11PM
It looks like today was the day of the bottom six. After signing Petri Kontiola and Mike Santorelli in the afternoon, the Toronto Maple Leafs have brought back fourth line winger Troy Bodie, agreeing on a one-year contract with the Portage La Prairie native.
July 03 2014 01:37PM
Santorelli most recently played for the Canucks this past season, racking up 28 points in 49 games. Before that, he was a member of the Jets, Panthers, and Preds. He actually put up 20 goals and 21 assists in a full season with Florida in 2011, which I was totally unaware of until about 45 seconds ago.
Santorelli slots in to the Leafs' bottom six and will battle with Holland and newly-signed Kontiola for minutes in the middle. Likely one of these three guys will move to the wing, barring another move by Nonis this summer.
July 03 2014 10:30AM
It feels like David Legwand's name hasn't exactly been at the front of free agency rumors, but I guess it was only a matter of time before the former Wings and Preds' center was linked to the Leafs. According to Dreger the Leafs have put forth an offer to Legwand and are one of a few teams waiting on him to make a decision.
Dreger "the Leafs are one of the teams that have put in an offer on Legwand"— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) July 3, 2014
Dreger "I don't think the Leafs are eager to spend more than $4 m. In fact, I'm pretty sure they want to get him for less"— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) July 3, 2014
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 03 2014 08:36AM
It looks like Leo Komarov isn't the only KHL playing Finn to join the Toronto Maple Leafs this week. Looking to bolster their forward depth, the blue and white have signed Petri Kontiola to a one year contract.