Maple Leafs sign Travis Dermott to one-year contract extension

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Friday that they have signed restricted free agent defenceman Travis Dermott to a one-year contract extension worth $874,125. Dermott made his Leafs debut in the 2017-2018 season and has played in 157 regular season games over the last three seasons, registering nine goals and 31 assists.

$874,125. https://t.co/vGx2v2on0R
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 23, 2020

Dermott has put up very strong underlying defensive numbers through the early part of his career, and he will look to earn an opportunity to do that against tougher competition this coming season as he jostles for a lineup spot with the likes of Justin Holl, Mikko Lehtonen, Zach Bogosian, and Rasmus Sandin.
The salary for Dermott’s new contract is equivalent to what his qualifying offer was so this is a deal that will provide him with a chance to prove he is a valuable part of this team’s future. With Ilya Mikheyev and Dermott signing new contracts, the Leafs lone remaining restricted free agent is the newly acquired Joey Anderson.

Travis Dermott’s new contract (one year at $874,125) is equal to what his qualifying offer was. Good value for the Leafs. And a prove-it contract for Dermott, who …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Jumbo Joe is a Toronto Maple Leaf

Joe Thornton is a Toronto Maple Leaf, at least, according to the Leafs.

We’ve got a JUMBO announcement
Joe Thornton has signed a one-year contract! #LeafsForever
Details: https://t.co/ZfHrvgA7FB pic.twitter.com/GLKDyXfvNb
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 16, 2020

According to Chris Johnston, he has taken the Jason Spezza route and signed for league minimum.

Joe Thornton’s contract with the #leafs includes no 35-plus performance bonuses. He signed just for the league minimum salary: $700,000.
Big help for Toronto’s cap situation.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 16, 2020

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs sign Aaron Dell to one year deal

The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that they signed Aaron Dell to a one-year, $800 million contract.

We’ve signed Aaron Dell to a one-year contract. #LeafsForever
Details: https://t.co/SgtzT0Ayw0 pic.twitter.com/Ji7bFRYN6m
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 14, 2020

TLN’s Jon Steitzer was right on the money with this piece from earlier today Leafs should be shopping for a third string goaltender
 
From the press release:
Dell, 31, played in 33 games with the San Jose Sharks in 2019-20, posting a 12-15-3 record with a 3.01 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. In 107 career NHL appearances with San Jose, the Airdrie, Alberta native owns a 48-34-12 record with a 2.76 goals-against average, a .908 save percentage and five shutouts.
Dell originally signed with the Sharks as a free agent on March 4, 2015.
Dell can play a key role in this organization, serving as a mentor to a young Joseph Woll. He also serves as a reliable number three with NHL experience.
 
 
 

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Leafs sign TJ Brodie to 4 year, $5 million contract

The Toronto Maple Leafs have got their top pair defenseman.
While the word was that they were going to pursue Alex Pietrangelo in free agency, or maybe go the trade route and acquire David Savard or MacKenzie Weegar, they’ve decided on TJ Brodie. The deal comes at a $5 million AAV for four years, according to Elliotte Friedman.

Brodie is 4x$5M
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 9, 2020

This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as the Leafs have had Brodie on their radar for a while now. It was reported last year when they were trading Nazem Kadri that one of the deals was Brodie and Mark Jankowski until Kadri nixed it.
While he wasn’t the best defenseman on the market, he was an ideal consolation prize for Toronto, as he still provides a lot of value, especially where the Leafs need it most: defensively. While he shoots left, he has been more than capable on the right side in Calgary and can fill that role a lot better than Ron Hainsey tried to in years past.

TJ Brodie, signed by TOR, is a top four left-handed two way defenceman who plays the right side and, yes, …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs sign Wayne Simmonds to one-year contract

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Wayne Simmonds to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million, according to Sportsnet’s Anthony Stewart.

Simmonds signs with #LeafsForever 1-year $1.5 million. Full no movement clause. Left more $ on table for desire to win and play for hometown. @Sportsnet #NHLFreeAgency
— Anthony Stewart (@StuMunrue) October 9, 2020

Simmonds, a native of Scarborough, ON., will be coming home to don the blue and white. He split his time last season playing with the New Jersey Devils and the Buffalo Sabres. With New Jersey, he put up 8 goals and 24 points in 61 games.
Simmonds had his best years with the Philadelphia Flyers from the 2011-12 season up to the 2018-19 season. He put up a career-high in goals and points in 2015-16 with 32 goals and 60 points respectively.
According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, the desire to come home to Toronto was a big deciding factor for the 32-year-old.

The Habs did indeed make an offer to Simmonds and I believe it was for a bit more than what the Leafs gave him, but the hometown allure was strong for Simmonds. Understandable.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 9, 2020

GM Kyle Dubas made it clear on Monday that getting tougher was important for the Leafs moving …

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Author: Matthew Rodrigopulle / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs sign Denis Malgin to one-year extension

The Toronto Maple Leafs have inked center Denis Malgin to a one-year, $700,000 contract extension.

The 23-year-old native of Olten, Switzerland, was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the 4th round of the 2015 draft.
He was acquired by the Leafs in Feb. 2020 in a deal that saw Toronto trade Mason Marchment for Malgin. He appeared in eight games for Toronto scoring no points.
He’s played in 192 NHL games over the last four seasons scoring 28 goals and 60 points.
On Twitter: @zjlaing
 

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Overage standouts in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft

When Kyle Dubas was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs in July 2014, he made clear that his draft philosophy was one of exploiting inefficiencies. He was not in charge of the draft at that point, but it seemed pertinent that Brendan Shanahan’s first major hire was eager to go against conventional draft logic.
In the 2015 NHL draft, the Leafs targeted undersized and European skaters that they felt provided greater value than what should have been available at that point. Travis Dermott and Dmytro Timashov were the successes of that strategy, Jeremy Bracco and Nikita Korostelev the failures at this point.
In the 2016 NHL draft, they targeted overage players such as 20 year old Egor Korshkov at 31st overall. They also selected Adam Brooks and Jack Walker from the WHL, both of whom had been through the 2 previous drafts, plus Nikolai Chebykin and Vladimir Bobylev who were 19.
In the drafts since they have selected Vladislav Kara (19), Sean Durzi (19), Mac Hollowell (19), Pontus Holmberg (19), and Nicholas Abruzzese (20). The Leafs have selected an overage player every draft since Dubas was hired, and there is no reason to believe that should stop now. Draft experts may say this is not a great year for …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs hire Sam Kim as video and coaching coordinator

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Sam Kim as the teams video and coaching coordinator.

The club also announced that former video coordinator Jordan Bean’s contract has been renewed while his title was changed to statistical analyst.
https://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/kim-joins-maple-leafs-as-video-coordinator/
Kim, 35, has spent the last two years working for the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors as their video coordinator assisting in video breakdown, analysis and scouting, while also helping with team travel, transaction logistics and immigration.
The Flushing, N.Y. native joined the Condors after working with South Korea’s national men’s team as a video coach.
Prior to his time there, Kim worked one season with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons doing video work.
Believe it or not, Kim got his start working in hockey for the New York Islanders as their mascot between 2008-2011.
On Twitter: @zjlaing

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

From Erik Karlsson to Cody Ceci — A look at recent No. 15 overall picks from the NHL draft

After having to use the Maple Leafs’ top pick in the 2020 draft to dump Patrick Marleau’s contract, Kyle Dubas has traded his way back into the first round.

The Leafs dealt Kasperi Kapanen, Pontus Aberg, and Jesper Lindgren to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for the No. 15 overall pick in 2020, David Warsofsky, Evan Rodrigues, and Filip Hallander.
At a glance, this is a very solid trade for Dubas.
He moved a decent middle-six forward in Kapanen who can be replaced in the lineup by Nick Robertson in order to get a mid-first-round pick in a very deep draft, an interesting prospect in Hallander, and he opened up some much-needed cap room in the process.
This trade, of course, has the potential to become huge for the Leafs depending on what the team manages to do with the draft pick.
While the No. 15 overall slot obviously doesn’t guarantee an elite talent, there have been many very good players selected in that spot in recent years. Let’s take a look back at the last 15 drafts to get an idea of the players taken at No. 15.

2019 – Cole Caufield, Montreal Canadiens
Last spring, the Habs …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas says they’re open to trading newly acquired first-round pick

Enter speculation season as the Toronto Maple Leafs appear to be far from done.

In a Tuesday afternoon, Leafs GM Kyle Dubas said the team isn’t sold on holding onto the newly acquired first-round pick.

Dubas on using #Leafs first-rounder: “I would say that we’re open to keeping the pick, but I think with the spot that we’re at with our team, we’re probably also open to moving it if the right deal came along for someone who could help us now.”
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) August 25, 2020

The pick, 15th overall, is apparently up for grabs if the right deal comes along. The first round is arguably one of the deepest the NHL has seen in a long time with some high-end options around pick 15 that may have gone in the top 10 in other years.
On the other hand, with the first-round pick being so valuable this year Toronto could swing a sweet deal in getting a player or asset that could help them sooner than who they could draft in the first round.
The Leafs are entering a definite re-tool phase here and the Kapanen deal is the metaphorical bat signal that its open season on …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation