The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to push forward in their offseason as the free agent market continues to deteriorate as each day passes by. One thing people can’t say against Kyle Dubas is the lack of signings because the Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager has been very active in the opening days of free agency. As such, the Maple Leafs Free Agency window has been one of the busiest in the NHL.
The latest news was the biggest signing this far for the Maple Leafs organization, the addition of forward Calle Jarnkrok. The Maple Leafs signed the Gavle, Sweden native to a 4-year contract worth $8.4 Million, earning $2.1 Million per season.
The 9-year veteran center spent the majority of his career with the Nashville Predators. Calle Jarnkrok was originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round with the 51st overall selection in 2014. He would be traded to Nashville where he played 8 seasons before he was taken in the expansion draft by the Seattle Kraken. The now 30-year-old Sweden native would then find himself on the playoff-bound Calgary Flames to finish the 2021-2022 season.
In all, Calle Jarnkrok has played in 574 NHL games where he has racked up 106 goals, and 135 assists for 241 points. Last season, The Maple Leafs forward scored 12 goals and tallied 18 assists for 30 points in 66 games. Toronto has seemingly replaced the vacancies on the third line with the singing of Calle Jarnkrok to a multi-year deal.
The Toronto Maple Leafs also acquired two defensive players before the Jarnkrok signing. Adding some depth to one of the highly focused positions as this has long been the team’s biggest weakness.
The Maple Leafs acquired Jordie Benn as a free agent, bringing the British Columbia native in to the team on a one-year contract worth $750,000, or known as the league minimum. The now 34-year-old defenceman has played 11 seasons in the NHL with five different teams before joint Toronto, he has played for the Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets, and most recently the Minnesota Wild.
In his 11-year career, Jordie Benn has played in 595 NHL games and he has tallied 25 goals, and 110 assists for 135 points as an NHL defenceman. As for the 2021-2022 season, the right-shot d-man scored one goal and added nine assists for 11 points in 39 Games split between Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Minnesota. The deal is a low-risk depth signing for Kyle Dubas and company, a contract that can be buried in the Minors with no cap hit and a veteran player that can provide relief if needed throughout the season.
Kyle Dubas wasn’t done there, he would set his sights on another defender as he signed Woodbridge, Ontario native Victor Mete to a one-year contract worth the NHL league minimum ($750,000). The former 100th overall draft selection of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2016 NHL entry draft. The now 23-year-old defenceman played four seasons in Montreal before moving on to his most recent team the Ottawa Senators.
During his six-year career Victor Mete has tallied 5 goals, and 38 assists for 43 points in 236 NHL games. Last season the left-shot defender finished with 7 assists in 37 games for the Senators. Another low-risk contract that can be stashed in the minors should they need the cap room.
The Maple Leafs have acquired 8 players via trade and free agency. The Maple Leafs acquire goaltender Matt Murray through a trade with the Ottawa Senators. Kyle Dubas signed the following seven players via free agency, goaltenders Dennis Hildeby, and Ilya Samsonov. The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forwards Calle Jarnkrok, Adam Gaudette, and Nicolas Aube-Kubel, and most recently defensive players Jordie Benn and Victor Mete.
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