Toronto Maple Leafs Re-Sign Another Center

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brad Treliving has been busy this week as the team announced they have re-signed center Pontus Holmberg to a two-year contract. The deal is worth $800,000 the next two seasons and is a one-way contract.

Holmberg is 24, and will battle it out in training camp for the fourth-line center role for the Maple Leafs. He had a cup of coffee last season with the big club and showed off his defensive-first mindset and ability to shut down opponents. He also chipped in with 13 points in 37 games. 

Holmberg played another 38 games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, racking up 22 points. He's likely never going to break the 50-point mark in the NHL, but he looks like a solid bottom-six center who plays the game the right way.

The Maple Leafs now have Auston Matthews, John Tavares, David Kampf and Pontus Holmberg signed down the middle for next season and still are engaged in contract talks with Noel Acciari and Ryan O'Reilly. 

Treliving was busy signing his first two contracts as the Leafs GM, and followed that up by selecting London Knights forward Easton Cowan with the 28th pick at the NHL Draft. Cowan will be a couple of years away, meanwhile look for Holmberg to get a longer leash next season.

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