The Maple Leafs Josh Leivo to a two-year contract extension.
Leivo, 23, spent the majority of the 2015-16 season with the Toronto Marlies, but also appeared in 12 games with the Maple Leafs. During his time in the NHL he scored five goals, but was much more effective in the AHL, collecting 17 goals and 31 assists (48 points) in 51 games. Leivo will try and crack the Leafs’ roster during training camp.
The Maple Leafs signed Garret Sparks to a one-year, two-way deal.
Sparks, 23, played at three levels last year—21 AHL games, 17 NHL games and one ECHL game. During his time with the Maple Leafs he was 6-9-0 with a 3.02 GAA and .893 SV%, versus a strong 14-4-3 record, 2.33 GAA and .928 SV% in his time with the Marlies. With Jonathan Bernier in Anaheim and James Reimer in Florida, the door is wide-open for Sparks to be Frederik Andersen’s backup to start the 2016-17 season.
The Maple Leafs signed Roman Polak to a one-year contract.
Polak had 13 points (1G / 12A) in 55 games with the Maple Leafs before they traded him to San Jose prior to last year’s NHL Trade Deadline. After the deal he only added three more assists, but the 16 points was the second highest total of his NHL career. He is known more for his bear-like strength and defensive abilities opposed to what he can or can’t do with the puck.
The Maple Leafs have signed Matt Martin to a four-year deal worth $2.5 million.
Martin, 27, has missed just 11 games in the last five years while averaging seven goals and seven assists per season. However, that’s not where his value lies. Since his first full NHL season in 2011-12, Martin leads the NHL in hits with 1714, which is 370 more than second (Cal Clutterbuck)—1714 hit equates to 4.7 hits per game.
The Maple Leafs signed Frederik Andersen to a five-year, $25M contract.
A few hours after acquiring Andersen from the Anaheim Ducks, the Maple Leafs inked their new goalie to a five-year deal worth $5 million per year. Andersen is expected to be the Leafs’ No. 1 netminder in 2016-17.
The Maple Leafs have acquired goaltender Frederik Andersen from the Ducks for the 30th overall pick in 2016 and a 2017 2nd Round Pick.
Andersen was set to become a restricted free agent on July 1st, but there are reports that the Maple Leafs have already signed Andersen to a five-year contract extension. The 26-year-old, who went 22-9-7 with a 2.30 GAA and .919 SV% with Anaheim last year will compete with Jonathan Bernier for the Leafs No.1 job this fall. He has a carer 2.33 GAA and .918 SV% in 124 career starts.
The Maple Leafs placed Jared Cowen on unconditional waivers on Wednesday.
Cowen will be bought out by the Maple Leafs and will become an unrestricted free agent. Cowen never appeared in a game with Toronto after being acquired from the Senators. He had four assists and a plus-7 rating in 37 games with Ottawa.
After John Gibson started and lost the first two games of the series, the Ducks will turn to Andersen tonight for a pivotal game three. Andersen had a strong year, going 22-9-7 with a 2.30 GAA, .919 SV% and three shutouts. Two of those starts came against the Predators, where he went 1-1-0 wit ha 3.48 GAA and .904 SV%.
The Maple Leafs have signed Morgan Rielly to a six-year extension worth $30 million ($5.0M AAV).
Rielly appeared in all 82 games this season, picking up nine goals and 27 assists (36 points). In his first three NHL seasons, Rielly has collected 19 goals and 73 assists (92 points) and a minus-46 rating in 236 career games. Rielly will be the backbone of the Maple Leafs' blueline for years to come.
The Maple Leafs have signed Nazem Kadri to a six-year deal worth $27 million ($4.5M AAV).
Statistically Kadri didn’t have the greatest season but the Maple Leafs were impressed with his development and have inked him to a very reasonable six-year extension. Kadri will look to build off of his 2015-16 season where he had 17 goals and 28 assists (45 points) in 76 games. This raise should also help him pay for all those fines that seem to be adding up.