Apr 5, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Troy Bodie (40) on the forecheck against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Free Agency: Toronto Maple Leafs Re-Sign Troy Bodie

The Toronto Maple Leafs made it a trio of signings yesterday by re-signing winger Troy Bodie to a one-year contract. His salary is still a mystery, but I can’t imagine it will be above $1 million.

In 47 games with the Maple Leafs last season, Bodie chipped in with three goals and seven assists for 10 points. Primarily playing on the fourth line, that is some pretty good production.

This looks like another depth signing for the Leafs. With all the previous moves that they had made, it seemed like their forward corps had been filled out. Bodie will probably start the season with the Toronto Marlies and will be called upon whenever their is a need for an enforcer in the lineup.

Bodie is the only unrestricted free agent that they have re-signed. Bigger names like Dave Bolland, Nikolai Kulemin and Jay McClement have all signed elsewhere. It seems that Bodie is the only one that fits with the Leafs apparent “new” culture change.

The Toronto Maple Leafs finally look like their making smart free agent moves. The most money they’re paying to a free agent is $3 million, which is going to Stephane Robidas. The Leafs have doled out short-term contracts with only $1 to $3 million cap hits. That leaves them more than enough money to re-sign restricted free agents like Jake Gardiner, Cody Franson and James Reimer, although Franson and Reimer could be traded before the 2014-15 season begins.

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4 Comments on NHL Free Agency: Toronto Maple Leafs Re-Sign Troy Bodie

  1. jimithy says:

    At least this coming season the Leafs will occupy their rightful place at the start of the season. This team is going to be a basement dweller right from day one. What a mess.

  2. A13276 says:

    Who woulda thunk that Nonis would have a cool $5 million in his sock drawer after all the bloodletting. That’s after accounting for recent signings and RFA money due. Now we can sit back and wait for a player of consequence to become available as a result of a team in CAP trouble without having to move money out or penetrating the 10% CAP overage ceiling. Good work
    Nonis. Talk about value for your dollars. The bottom 6 has been drastically changed and upgraded. Santorelli can fly, has hands and loves to bang; he became available because he was a find of the Gillis regime (Nucks fans aren’t happy seeing him leave); Kontiola (“I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know”), 5 or 6 NHL teams were interested in him; has skill and one of his strengths is reported as “running a power play”; Komorov will get all of Kulemin’s quiet minutes and dramatically help last year’s abysmal penalty kill (28th from 2nd when Komorov was here and we made the playoffs); Frattin can play and is tough on the puck. So we have an improved bottom six, penalty kill and defense. And Nonis still has cap space to burn and tradeable assets in Franson and Reimer. Oh and don’t be too surprised that Nylander forces his way into the Leafs top 6; that’s his plan.

    • Stan Smith says:

      I agree A13276. Are the leafs a great team? Not by any means. Are they improved from last season? We will have to wait and see. They do seem to be trying to shore up the areas they were weak last season while keeping the youthful core together in a climate where significant changes are hard to come by and probably not a great idea at this point anyway. There are still a lot of question marks that should get answered as the season progresses.

      I don’t know if after all the rfa’s are signed and any other ufa’s are brought on board if they are going to have the cap room everyone thinks they are but they should be much better off than they were last season, and that’s with kessel and phaneuf with the new contacts.

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