The Toronto Maple Leafs have been quite busy today. They’ve resigned Curtis McElhinney and Garret Sparks for two years, signed centre Dominic Moore from the Boston Bruins, and Ron Hainsey from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
McElhinney was a lovely surprise when the Leafs claimed him off waivers January 10, 2017. He had a GAA of 2.85 and a SV% of .914 in 14 appearances. He wasn’t too good when he started games, but he played tremendously when he was subbed in to replace Andersen. Keep in mind the fact that he normally played on the tail end of a back to back so the entire team wasn’t in top-notch condition. He came in clutch in the playoff-clinching game against the Penguins and has proven that he can be counted on in high-intensity situations. For 1.7 million dollars, this is a great contract.
Garret Sparks is the best goalies that the Leafs have in the minors and he can be counted on to replace McElhinney if necessary. He has some NHL experience and will only get better from there.
36-year-old Domonic Moore is a defensive, fourth line centre who will most likely be the replacement to Brian Boyle. He can put up some decent offensive numbers (11 goals and 14 assists last season) and is a solid defensive player. For one year at one million, this is a safe, low-risk contract.
Finally, the Leafs signed defenseman 36-year-old Ron Hainsey from the Pittsburgh Penguins for 2 years at 3 million per. He had four goals and 13 assists in 72 games last season. He kills penalties and blocks shots and can be used as a replacement for Matt Hunwick on the penalty kill. His experience in the playoffs and in the league could be a huge asset for the young Leafs.