The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Dominic Moore to a one-year deal worth $1MM. Moore spent parts of two seasons with the Maple Leafs between 2007-09, and returns at the age of 36. Moore was perhaps one of the better faceoff specialists out there today, and it’s interesting to see him only earn a one-year contract.
Obviously his age was a concern, but he has shown little signs of slowing down. He had a solid bounce-back season in Boston after a subpar 2015-16 in New York, tallying 11 goals and 14 assists in Beantown. He’s played for a total of 9 NHL teams, but has never won a championship. He earned the Masterton in 2014 and has been respected league-wide as a solid two-way presence who can assist penalty kill units. His talents are probably best utilized now in a 4th-line center position, where he can play limited minutes.
Toronto finished worst among all playoff teams with 2.43 Goals Against per 60 minutes. Playing a more defensively responsible game will be imperative if the team is to take another step forward. The addition earlier today of Ron Hainsey will help on the back-end. Moore’s stabilizing presence should provide an example for the younger Leaf forwards to follow in terms of playing a 200-foot game.