The Leafs added to their defensive depth this morning, agreeing to a one year deal with RFA blueliner Brennan Menell on a one year, two way contract. The deal carries a $750,000 cap hit.
We’ve signed defenceman Brennan Menell to a one-year, two-way contract. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) August 1, 2021
The Leafs acquired Menell’s RFA rights from the Minnesota Wild on the opening day of free agency for a conditional seventh round pick in 2022, contingent on him playing in 30 games with the Maple Leafs in the 2021/2022 season.
While the Leafs top four of Morgan Rielly, Jake Muzzin, TJ Brodie, and Justin Holl is seemingly set in stone for opening night, competition for a spot on the Leafs bottom pair is wide open. Menell will join a crowded field that primarily consists Travis Dermott, Rasmus Sandin, and Timothy Liljegren, but could be potentially extended to include recent free agent acquisitions Alex Biega and Carl Dahlström, all of whom will be vying for two spots in the opening night lineup.
Menell is coming off of a strong debut season in the KHL, where the right hander scored 38 points in 47 games for Dinamo Minsk, including 7 in 5 playoff games.
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Author: Brian Reid / The Leafs Nation