Maple Leafs Sign Depth Forward

The Toronto Maple Leafs made some minor moves on the first day of free agency as general manager Kyle Dubas signed some depth pieces. This included forward Adam Gaudette, who inked a one-year deal for the league minimum, $750,000.

The 25-year-old work horse is someone who can battle for the fourth line center role and can also slide over to play the wing. Last season he started the year with the Chicago Blackhawks and was picked up on waivers by the Ottawa Senators. He finished the season with 14 points in 58 games and was previously a fifth-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks.

With limited cap space to work with, Gaudette is the type of move that was expected in Toronto as besides a trade or two, there's not much more on the table for the cash strapped Maple Leafs. Gaudette will now heading into training camp to try and win a spot on the opening night lineup and will have the likes of Wayne Simmonds and Kyle Clifford to beat out for minutes. 

Look for a trade to come down the pipe for Dubas and company in the coming days. Word is they are trying to unload one of Alex Kerfoot or Justin Holl to free up some more cap space. 

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