Leafs sign Brennan Menell to one year contract

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

What do the Maple Leafs have in Pavel Gogolev?

So, the Maple Leafs signed Pavel Gogolev to a three-year entry level contract, as you already may know. But how much do you know about the actual player?
He’s interesting because he has a lot of upside if he can put it all together. And if he can put it all together, you’ve got yourself an incredible talent. His shot, his skill — everything about him is amazing.
Find out everything you need to know about Gogolev in the video below. I hope you enjoy!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Report: Leafs signing winger Nick Ritchie to a two-year deal

Rumors have been swirling around the Leafs and Nick Ritchie since before free agency even opened and it appears there was some traction there. On Saturday morning, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported that the Leafs have come to terms with Ritchie on a two-year contract that will carry an AAV of $2.5 million.

Hearing Nick Ritchie to TOR. Sounds like 2x$2.5M
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 31, 2021

Ritchie, 25, was drafted 10th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2014 NHL Draft and played 287 regular season games for the organization across five seasons before being traded to the Boston Bruins in February of 2020. He played all 56 games for Boston in the abbreviated 2020-21 season, recording a career-high 15 goals while adding 11 assists.

The big-bodied winger will add some secondary scoring to Toronto’s forward group, as well as a physical edge. His 102 hits in 2020-21 would have led the Leafs forward group by a mile as the departed Zach Hyman led last year with just 69 hits. Ritchie isn’t shy about dropping the gloves either, having already done so nine times in his young career, including three bouts last season.

Nick Ritchie and Garnet Hathaway drop the gloves. pic.twitter.com/VgfO2N4H93
— Conor …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs sign Mike Amadio, Brett Seney to one-year deals

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed two players to one-year, two-way contracts.
Forwards Mike Amadio and Brett Seney will be joining the organization on the deals, each of which carries an NHL salary of $750k, the club announced.
Amadio, 25, was drafted in the third round of the 2014 draft by the LA Kings last year was traded to the Ottawa Senators. He’s appeared in 173 NHL games scoring 16 goals and 40 points playing third and fourth line minutes. He’s spent a fair amount of time in AHL, too, appearing in 130 games scoring 35 goals and 104 points.
Seney, also 25, was a sixth-round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2015 and remained with that organization until this offseason. He’s played in 53 NHL games scoring five goals and 13 points on the fourth line. In the AHL, Seney’s scored 30 goals and 81 points in 129 games.
At the very least, both depth moves would greatly benefit the Marlies as the pair have provided solid offensive production up front there.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Leafs add defensive depth with Alex Biega and Carl Dahlström

If you were expecting big signings from the Leafs, today isn’t your day. It’s not like replacing Zach Hyman or upgrading at the third line center position is something they should be doing, right?
Anyways, enough of my pissing and moaning, and onto the signings…

Leafs have signed Alex Biega and Carl Dahlstrom on defence.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) July 28, 2021

Both players check out well in the Rel Defense category pic.twitter.com/NsMGyK8AmE
— RkB Stats (@reversekneebar) July 28, 2021

So yeah, that’s a whole lot of depth defense and likely Marlies support. If we’re looking at who they are reasonably replacing it’s Martin Marincin and Ben Hutton, and given that the Leafs have pretty much a fully stocked blueline at the NHL level, Biega and Dahlström will likely be Marlies bound for most of the year.
As of right now we don’t have the contract details, but if there are seven digits on either players AAV, I’m gonna throw up.
Dahlström 
Last season Dahlström played 17 games in the AHL and the season before he was a part time NHLer with the Jets. He’s 26 and 6’4, but the 6’4 that doesn’t hit, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs sign Joshua Ho-Sang to a PTO

The Leafs have signed Joshua Ho-Sang to a professional tryout contract in what might be the move with the highest upside for them today.
Ho-Sang is a former first round pick of the New York Islanders who has never been given too much of a chance, but has some promise in his brief NHL stints, particularly his first two seasons, where he had 10 points in 21 games in 2016-17, and 12 in 22 games in 2017-18. He’s never played more than 22 games in a season, and has played just 10 NHL games since Lou Lamoriello took over in 2018-19. He ended up playing in Europe last season, and has now returned to North America to potentially get another chance with the Leafs.
I think this is a move with a fair amount of upside, quite similar to bringing in Alex Galchenyuk last season. He’ll get a chance to work with the Leafs development staff and hopefully improve his game to be NHL ready, and best case scenario, he’s good enough to at least compliment one of the top two lines like Galchenyuk. That said, it’s likely he ends up being more of a bottom six contributor like Spezza or Ennis …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Leafs sign Kurtis Gabriel and David Kampf

The Leafs added a couple more depth forwards to the roster today, as they signed Kurtis Gabriel and David Kampf. Gabriel comes in on a league minimum deal for one year, while Kampf carries a $1.5 million cap hit for two years.

Kampf joins the Leafs coming off a season with just one goal, and 12 points for Chicago. He plays center, so it adds a bit of depth there, although with a 47.99% shot attempt share and 46.86% of the expected goals, I don’t know if he’ll move the needle a ton as a top 9 center.
That said, his shot attempt and expected goals relative to his teammates in Chicago are 0.26 and 0.1, so maybe he’ll be a decent placeholder on the third line or something. But without much of a history of producing points or being a good play driver, it’s hard to see him being much of anything.

Gabriel isn’t much of a needle mover either, as he’s usually just been a fourth liner wherever he goes. He only has two goals and five points in his career, and his underlying numbers aren’t much to write home about either. But, he has some physical edge …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Leafs sign Michael Bunting to a 2 year deal

The Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that they had agreed to a 2-year, $1.9M deal with 25-year-old winger Michael Bunting, for an annual cap hit of $950k

Michael Bunting’s deal in TOR is two years, with an AAV of $950K.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 28, 2021

Bunting has been rumoured to the Leafs all summer, both due to his Scarborough roots and his time playing under Sheldon Keefe and Kyle Dubas with the Soo Greyhounds. With this latest Soo signing, Dubas has filled out his Greyhound loyalty card and is now eligible for one free Greyhound during his next visit to free agency.
The late-blooming Bunting, who has 26 NHL games experience spread across the last two seasons, put up 10 goals and 3 assists in 21 games last season with the Arizona Coyotes, shooting a blistering 26.3%. While it is extremely unlikely he will be able to keep up that shooting rate, Bunting should benefit from playing in the Leafs’ more up-tempo offensive system, especially if he finds himself with Auston Matthews or John Tavares as his centre. The versatile Bunting, who can play either wing, is the type of plug-and-play winger who brings many different elements to a line, making him an ideal addition for …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

BLOCKBUSTER: Leafs acquire Brennan Menell for a conditional 7th round pick

While it might not be the biggest news of the day, the Leafs are certainly getting to work early with acquiring a new defenseman that you might not have heard of before…

TRADE: We’ve acquired the rights to defenceman Brennan Menell from Minnesota in exchange for a conditional seventh-round selection in 2022. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 28, 2021

So let’s pour one out for the 7th round conditional pick (condition is signing Menell presumably), and get to learning about who Brennan Menell is…
He’s 24 and shoots right. We’re off to a good start.
He’s 5’11 and played in the KHL last season. Alright, that’s not tiny and the KHL is a solid league.
His numbers are solid, where he was near point per game player in the KHL, but a bit penalty prone…

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All and all, not a bad depth acquisition, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Report: Maple Leafs to sign goaltender Petr Mrazek to three-year contract

It appears the Leafs have found their partner for Jack Campbell. Kevin Weekes of ESPN and the NHL Network is reporting that the Leafs will sign goaltender Petr Mrazek to a three-year deal once free agency opens at noon. Frank Seravalli of DailyFaceoff has since reported that Mrazek’s contract is expected to carry a cap hit in the neighborhood of $3.8 million.
Adding Mrazek as a replacement for the departed Frederik Andersen will see the Leafs spending around $1.2 million less on the goaltending position than they were paying the tandem of Andersen and Campbell last season.

Sounds like Petr Mrazek is expected to join the #Leafs on a three-year deal in the $3.8 million AAV neighborhood.@DFOHockey @Sportsnet
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 28, 2021

Mrazek, 29, was injured and played just 12 games for Carolina last season, posting a 2.06 GAA and a .923 SV%. In 277 career regular season games, he has a 2.61 GAA and a .910 SV%.
The Czech native will presumably share the crease with Campbell next season, giving head coach Sheldon Keefe the option to run with the hot hand in the case that one of them struggles. The move also ensures that the Leafs will have an NHL-caliber goaltender signed beyond this season …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation