Source: Toronto Star
On a day when ex-Leafs were in incredible demand and teams all around them were incredibly busy, the Toronto Maple Leafs — incredibly — did little.
They did add checking-line forward Jay McClement on a two-year deal worth $3 million, and Norfolk Admirals defenceman Mike Kostka.
They also re-signed three players: forwards Matt Frattin (two years at $850,000 per) and Ryan Hamilton (one year) and goaltender Jussi Rynnas (one year). But they didn't appear to be in the mix for any of the big names.
It was July 1, free agent day, and GM Brian Burke took part in Toronto's lavish Pride parade — checking his BlackBerry regularly — while showing restraint in staying out of the frenzy.
"I believe our group (NHL GMs) makes more mistakes on July 1 than we do all the rest of the year combined," said Burke. "We hand out contracts with unrealistic values and unrealistic terms.
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