Who is Petri Kontiola? Mislav Jantoljak, a Croatian hockey writer who covers the Kontinental Hockey League, answers that question for Maple Leafs Hot Stove. It sounds like he has a pretty developed offensive skillset, which is always a plus, and makes him a candidate to play a top-six role.
It remains a mystery as to what kind of role new-old Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Matt Frattin will play this time around. I always liked his game as a Leaf, and thought he had some good chemistry with Nazem Kadri. Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun spoke to Frattin, who’s back with the team who drafted him after playing for two different clubs last year.
One piece of news I sort of glossed over yesterday because it wasn’t surprising was James Reimer filing for salary arbitration. Cam Charron of The LeafsNation tells us what that means, and how much he’s probably going to be looking for (if the case even makes it to court).
Martin Brodeur, one of the best goalies of this generation, is still unsigned. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been linked to the 42-year-old and are one of his most likely destinations according to Dan Rosen of NHL.com. The problem with that is Brodeur is no longer good at goaltending, and he reportedly wants a chance to win the Stanley Cup. That’s not happening in Toronto.
At first, Jarome Iginla signing with the Colorado Avalanche seemed like a good match for both parties involved. Iginla had a rebound season with the Boston Bruins and the Avs’ young lineup took the league by storm during the regular season. But, as Tyler Dellow of Sportsnet writes, don’t expect either Iginla or the Avs to repeat their successes next season.