This morning I wrote about the fact that the Toronto Maple Leafs biggest need was a fourth-line center. Well, it appears they have found one in Mike Santorelli.
Leafs have agreed to a 1 year deal with Mike Santorelli, $1.5 mil.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 3, 2014
Santorelli is a six-foot-tall center who should fit well in the Leafs bottom-six. He could even push Peter Holland down to the fourth-line. In his six-year career, Santorelli has struggled to find a home as he has played for the Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers, Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks.
It looks like he will have a friend in the Leafs locker room in Morgan Rielly as Rielly tweeted this out in reply to Dreger’s tweet:
— morgan rielly (@mriles4) July 3, 2014
This signing keeps in line with what the Leafs have done so far thus off-season. Most of the players they have brought in can be described as heart-and-soul players. That, or they make the Leafs harder to play against.
This signing should end any David Legwand-t0-Toronto rumors. With the signings of Santorelli and Petri Kontiola, the Leafs have six players who can play center on the depth chart to go along with Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri, Holland and Komarov. Komarov and Kontiola will probably end up on the wings of the third line.
Are the Leafs done this off-season? Probably not, this is just getting started.