July 29: The Maple Leafs have officially announced the Amadio contract, but he comes with a partner. Brett Seney has also agreed to a one-year, two-way contract that will carry an NHL salary of $750K. Seney, 25, was a Group VI unrestricted free agent after playing just 53 games through his first three professional seasons. None of those came this season, as he spent the entire year with the Binghamton Devils, scoring 10 points in 30 games.
July 28: The Toronto Sun’s Terry Koshan reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs are bringing in depth forward Michael Amadio. It’s a two-way, one-year deal with a cap hit of $750,000 and $400,000 in guaranteed salary.
Amadio was somewhat of a surprise as a non-qualified restricted free agent of the Ottawa Senators, having come over to the team in a trade for Christian Wolanin earlier this season. Ottawa’s loss is their rival’s gain, as Toronto signs the native of nearby Sault Ste. Marie. Amadio may not have impressed much in his short stint with the Senators, especially since he was only given five games to show what he could do. However, Amadio has previously performed with the Los Angeles Kings and could do so again in Toronto.
With that being said, even for the cap-strapped Leafs there is no guarantee that Amadio will start or even crack the roster. His minimum salary helps, but at 25 Amadio doesn’t appear to have much upside and doesn’t possess any special abilities that would give him a leg up in a competition for play time. Amadio simply appears to be a decent depth option for Toronto with some experience and modest scoring numbers.