Monday, July 6, 2009

Leafs making more moves

Maple Leafs are solidifying their decision to draft Nazem Khadri by signing him to a three-year entry-level contract. He was a solid winger for the London Knights last year and was a legitimate scoring threat even before John Taveres was brought to the team.

Next, the Leafs signed Francois Beauchemin three-year deal worth an average of $3.8 million per season.

Just like this time last year, the Leafs are signing up plenty of defence. Perhaps they're going to be moving Kaberle still, after all? I figured that after moving Kubina and acquiring value in return for him that they'd be happy to hang on to the talented and affordable Tomas Kaberle - but with all of these additional defence coming to the team, perhaps there are plans to move him still?

Also - The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that the hockey club has re-signed forwards Ben Ondrus and Ryan Hamilton to one-year contracts. The Maple Leafs also signed a trio of free agent forwards including Jay Rosehill to a two-year contract, Tim Brent to a one-year contract, and Richard Greenop to a three-year entry level contract.

Richard Greenop has been busting skulls for the Spitfires for a couple seasons down here in Windsor - and he's done it at a level that's good enough to earn him a three-year contract, so that just goes to show you how good he is.

Again, I have to reiterate how great it is to finally have a GM at the Leafs who will draft players out of the OHL that we, as fans of the OHL, have a prayer of having heard of before they make it to the NHL. It's WAY more exciting to know a player as a prospect while he was playing in junior and watching him try to make the lineup - than it is to watch players you've never heard of (cough, Tlusty, cough) struggle to keep themself from being naked on the cover of the Toronto Sun.

No doubt, if Greenop makes the cover of the Toronto Sun, it'll be for something related to having 150 penalty minutes or more per season, instead of this George Michael shit.

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