Bunting, 25, timed his late-season breakout with the Arizona Coyotes nicely with his impending Group 6 free agency, turning it into a contract with his hometown team. Bunting recorded a whopping 10 goals and 13 points in just 21 games with the ’Yotes once cracking the lineup. While it seemed that Arizona was intent on re-signing him, other teams took notice including the Maple Leafs and Bunting decided to move on.
His contract is still reflective of his limited NHL experience, Bunting has the chance to turn this short-term pact with Toronto into a substantial raise the next time around. The cap-strapped Leafs will very likely insert the young scorer into their top-nine where he can benefit from playing alongside some of their superstar forwards to put up big numbers.