— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 6, 2015
The deal is reported to be worth $2.3 million, which is a nice pay raise from last year’s $1.85 million AAV.
It’s another in a string of short-term deals for Toronto, who are positioning themselves for their rebuild by grabbing analytics-friendly players on short-term deals that allow the team to decide if the player make sense as a part of the rebuilding process or if they should be shipped out for picks at the trade deadline.
As THN’s Matt Larkin said, you could read this as “Leafs sign a second-round draft pick in 2016.”
Matthias had a career year, putting up highs in goals with 18 and points with 27. 18 goals had him ranked third on the Vancouver Canucks. Matthias may not have the well-rounded game of a top line player, but his scoring pace in recent seasons has been remarkable and largely unnoticed. He has twice in the last three seasons been at a 1.0 P/60 at even strength or higher.
His possession numbers haven’t been as impressive. He posted a -3.7% score-adjusted CF%Rel last season and has had a negative relative possession in each of the last four seasons.
Toronto may be in for a difficult season, but it’s an alluring place for free agents as they may get some good ice time and, on a one-year contract, they’ll have the chance to have a lot of visibility, as Chris Johnston notes while quoting Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas.
Kyle Dubas recently said #leafs offer free agents "a lot of visibility" and chance to build profile. Enter Matthias, Parenteau, Winnik, etc.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 6, 2015
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Dustin Nelson writes about news and the Minnesota Wild for The Hockey Writers.