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2010 NHL Free Agency: Colby Armstrong signs 3-year, $9 million deal with Toronto

Jul 1, 2010, 1:42 PM EST

Armstrong2.jpgIf this isn’t the biggest sign that this summer has one of the weakest free agency pools in recent memory, I don’t know what is.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Colby Armstrong to a three-year, $9 million contract. Armstrong scored just 15 goals last season, one year after his “breakout season’ in 2008-2009 with the Thrashers, after he scored 22 goals in 82 games.

Armstrong is known more for his physicality than outright scoring ability, although he doesn’t end up in the penalty box as much as you would think with a player like that. He’s mainly just a “guy” who had a good season with Atlanta two years ago, and signed a one-year extension with the Thrashers to cash in on it.

Now, even after a down season, he’s making $3 million a year in Toronto.

  1. Josh - Jul 1, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Brandon, I think you are reading the scoresheet just a little too closely. Look, I’m a fan of stats. I think they mean a lot more than old-timers (read: people who think intangibles and folk wisdom are more important than facts) give them credit for. But, in this case, you’re overlooking what Armstrong showed with the dismal Thrashers: he’s a very tough, very charismatic forward who never takes a night off and who (I’m making myself a little nauseous here) is scrappy, gritty, hustly, and even a bit David Eckstein-ish. Barf. No really. He actually never stops moving, hitting, agitating, clearly he’s a leader on the ice, and he has a knack for being in the right place when the other team screws up. You can’t find that in the box score, you have to see it. Craig Adams is the same player, just with even less skill. Also, when he has a decent line to play on, Armstrong puts up points in addition to the other things he can do. I bet that if Toronto put Armstrong on the top line, he’d have 80 points this year. Is that worth 3M dollars? Only the Leafs know for sure!

  2. Dave - Jul 1, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    80 seems high. I think T.O will settle for 60.

  3. Dave - Jul 1, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    I think 80 is too much to expect. 60 points would be just fine, and would earn him his salary.

  4. Amy - Jul 1, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Colby’s a strong player with energy and skill. Looking forward to him showing off what he’s got with Toronto. Congrats to Colby and the team.

  5. Amy - Jul 1, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Colby’s a strong player with energy and skill. Looking forward to him showing off what he’s got with Toronto. Congrats to Colby and the team.

  6. Amy - Jul 1, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Colby’s a strong player with energy and skill. Looking forward to him showing off what he’s got with Toronto. Congrats to Colby and the team.

  7. Corey - Jul 1, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Of course people are always going to slam EVERY transaction the Leafs make because, well, it’s the Leafs. Everyone hates the Leafs for the simple fact that they are still in the NHL to begin with. If the Leafs folded, that would probably receive loud cheers from everyone else in hockey. Is this supposed to be a GOOD thing for the NHL, for the Leafs to be so bad so that everyone else can point out the Leafs as hockey’s so-called laughingstock franchise?
    Colby Armstrong will bring some physical, hard-hitting hockey to the Leafs’ lineup, & boy do they need it. He just might pot 20 goals as well. I like this signing myself.

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