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Roundup: Leafs, Ducks, Sharks, Blues, and Sabres add some depth

Jul 1, 2012, 11:12 PM EDT

John Scott #28 of the New York Rangers skates during the game against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden on March 4, 2012 in New York City.
(March 3, 2012 - Source: Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced the signings of Ryan Hamilton and Jussi Rynnas to one-year deals and Matt Frattin to a two-year contract.

Rynnas should be regarded as primarily a minor-league goaltender and, at best, the Leafs’ primary option if one of their top two netminders get injured. Similarly, it would be a surprise if Ryan Hamilton makes the Leafs’ opening game roster — although, to his credit, he did have a strong season with the AHL Marlies.

Frattin is another story. He had eight goals and 15 points in 56 NHL games and is a more promising player than those numbers might imply. He should compete for a roster spot at training camp.

Bruce Garrioch reported that the Leafs also signed defenseman Mike Kostka. He had an impressive six goals and 12 points in the AHL Norfolk Admirals’ playoff run.

The Buffalo News reported that John Scott has signed a one-year, $600,000 with the Buffalo Sabres.

He has a 6-foot-8, 270-pound frame and…that tells you just about everything you need to know about Scott. He’s a big, tough player that will fit in nicely on Buffalo’s fourth line — although he’ll probably also be listed as a healthy scratch for a fair amount of the season.

Lou Korac reported that the St. Louis Blues signed Mike McKenna, Scott Ford, and Taylor Chorney to one-year, two-way contracts. Of those, Chorney is probably the most likely to get playing time in the NHL next season, although McKenna might settle into the role of third-string goaltender.

Renaud P Lavoie reported the signing of Bracken Kearns to the San Jose Sharks. It’s a two-way deal that will pay Kearns $550,000 at the NHL level. Kearns will provide a veteran presence to the AHL Worcester Sharks.

The Anaheim Ducks announced that they have inked Jordan Hendry to a one-year contract. He’s perhaps best known for playing in 15 postseason contests during the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup run. It remains to be seen if he can win a roster spot with the Anaheim Ducks out of training camp.

  1. elemeno89 - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    John Scott kind of scares me. Gals he plays for the team I root for now.

    • elemeno89 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      glad*** stupid mobile…

  2. amerika1313 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Sabres signed Scott because Lucic took out Miller. Pretty sure out of the 20-25 games Scott suits up for this year, 6 will be against Boston.

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