3 Worst Lou Lamoriello Signings as Toronto Maple Leafs G.M.

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: Auston Matthews celebrates onstage with Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Lou Lamoriello after being selected first overall during round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: Auston Matthews celebrates onstage with Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Lou Lamoriello after being selected first overall during round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – NOVEMBER 10: Mitch Marner #16 and Matt Martin #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs . (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON – NOVEMBER 10: Mitch Marner #16 and Matt Martin #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs . (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

#3. Matt Martin Signing

Contract Details: Four Years, $10 million contract ($2.5 million per season)

Off the ice, Matt Martin is one of the best people in hockey and was loved by everyone in the dressing room; especially Mitch Marner.

On a team full of rookies, he was a great mentor and could stick up for Marner and Auston Matthews if they ever got into trouble.

However, this contract was a disaster.

If you want a comparable contract in the NHL, Zach Hyman currently has a four-year $9 million contract that expires after next season.

Let’s compare stats for these two when they played together in Toronto

Zach Hyman:

  • 2016-17 Season: 10 goals, 28 points
  • 2017-18 Season: 15 goals, 40 points

Matt Martin:

  • 2016-17 Season: 5 goals, 9 points
  • 2017-18 Season: 3 goals, 12 points

Hyman’s 2016-17 season was his rookie-year, so it was low for his standards, whereas the seven-year NHL veteran at time, Martin, couldn’t even score 10 points on the season.

During his time in Toronto, every point Martin scored was worth $238,095. That’s not a good return on investment.

Martin was never brought in to score 20 goals, but at $2.5 million per season, that player has to contribute offensively, at least a little, in today’s NHL.

It’s unfortunate that this never worked out because Martin was such an awesome dude, but this was definitely a signing Lamoriello wishes he had back.