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.
Sparks allowed five goals on 32 shots in the Maple Leafs loss vs. the Blue Jackets on Wednesday. Sparks has lost four straight starts while posting a 3.59 GAA and .875 SV%. Sparks has struggled since returning from injury and comes into play tonight with a 6-8-1 record, 2.95 GAA and .893 SV% in the first 16 games of his NHL career.