The Leafs have added some strength down the middle by signing Jay McClement to a two-year deal worth $3 million total.
They were also able to agree to terms with Matt Frattin on a two-year deal that totals $1.7 million, while resigning Ryan Hamilton and Jussi Rynnas as well as adding Mike Kostka to the organization, too.
It wasn’t a banner day for the Leafs, but it was still an important one.
Most notably, they finally added the third line center they’ve needed for quite some time and that has serious ramifications on the rest of the roster.
Burke talked about it in his press conference, saying that he sees McClement as a potential 3rd line center, and that matches up perfectly with everything we have been discussing here over the last month or so (meaning, we’ve been looking for a shutdown line). This also pushes Dave Steckel down to the fourth line. That gives the Leafs a 6’1, 205 pound center who won over 51% of his faceoffs on their third line, and then a 6’6, 215 pound center who won 58% of his faceoffs on their fourth line.