It took most of the summer, but the Leafs finally got Connor Brown on a new contract.
The #Leafs announced tonight the signing of F Connor Brown to a 3-year extension with an average annual value of $2.1 million per season.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) August 27, 2017
The Leafs locked up Connor Brown to a three year contract, with an annual value of $2.1 million. This will put the Leafs approximately $4.5 million over the cap, according the NHL Numbers. However, once Horton and Lupul’s contracts are put on LTIR officially, they’ll still have some room.
This is pretty good value for Brown. While he’s not going to put up 20 goals every year, having someone who has produced at every level for the next three years at only $2.1 million is a steal, especially considering some of the contracts on the team. Put it like this, they’re paying him $150,000 less to score twice as much as Zach Hyman.
It’s the ideal route to keeping the team together. Lock up the depth pieces to really cheap deals so that the team can still afford the big pieces. Although, I’d maybe prefer that Brown had a year or two longer, but I feel like that was the price for such an affordable deal.
All in all, it’s an excellent deal, not only in that the contract is great value, but also because Twitter will finally shut up about this whole ordeal.