So much for that long awaited re-union with the Penguins. Former Penguins/Thrashers forward Colby Armstrong has signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The deal is for three years and $9 million total. It will have an annual salary cap hit of $3 million.
Last season with the Thrashers, Armstrong appeared in 79 games, Armstrong scored 29 points (15 goals, 14 points).
Armstrong was orginally acquired by the Thrashers as part of the deal which brought Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis to the Penguins at the 2008 trade deadline.
EN Says: What a bad move. Armstrong's a nice player and an even better presence in the locker room, but $3 million is a lot for a player who essentially is a third-liner. Granted, with Toronto's lack of depth at forward, Armstrong is probably a second-liner, but this is a lot of money for a player who just doesn't produce all that much.
Armstrong abrasive, physical style will fit with what Toronto overlord Brian Burke wants to build, but the Maple Leafs need to add some skill up front. This move doesn't aid that pursuit.
They scored 210 goals last season, the sixth-worst total in the NHL. They need offense.
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