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Leafs sign Finnish center Kontiola to one-year deal

Jul 3, 2014, 9:51 AM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are adding another Finnish player to the roster.

According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, the Leafs signed center Petri Kontiola to a one-year contract. The signing will be made official once he gets his release from KHL Traktor Chelyabinsk.

Kontiola, 29,  had 15 goals and 37 points in 53 games to lead Traktor in scoring. He was also a member of Finland’s Olympic team with new Leafs forward Leo Komarov. Komarov signed a four-year, $11.8 million deal with the Leafs to return to the NHL on Tuesday.

If Kontiola’s name sounds familiar, he spent 12 games with the Chicago Blackhawks back in the 2007-08 season and stayed in the AHL for the better part of that season and the following year before he headed to the KHL.

Toronto’s depth up the middle is now something to keep an eye on. They have Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri, Peter Holland, to go with Kontiola and they’re reportedly interested in David Legwand as well.

  1. kaptaanamerica - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    oh oh, look out, No Nuts is on the prowl…. finding hidden gems in the K…

    • lakeshoreleafsfan - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      You know, you could make your point (which is valid) without resorting to childish insults
      That’s why you get thumbs down from me

      • buddysguys - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        cry about it

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      It’s a low risk, high reward move, but of course the Leaf haters have to whine and cry about everything.

  2. withseidelinn - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    The guy’s stats are great in the AHL but mediocre inthe KHL. I wonder if he’ll play 3C with Komarov to find some potential chemistry. That leaves me wondering where Holland goes since I can’t really see him at 4C. Doubt he will be back with Marlies.

    • storminator16 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Not sure if you are reading the KHL stat line correctly….

      • withseidelinn - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        37pts in 53 games twice and 31pts in 44 games once? Not bad but not great either.

      • storminator16 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        True, but Traktor played in their own end a lot the past season. The guy may fizzle, he may sizzle. I’m thinking more fizzle, but NHL GMs were hot for this guy. We’ll see.

      • withseidelinn - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        Yeah not very familiar with KHL teams or stats. I’d assume they’re probably looking for defensive responsibility from him primarily.

  3. garybrian2014 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    That ought to make them solid down the centre!!

  4. lallin66fan - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    As a Finn I dont’ like the signings of Lehterä and now Kontiola… we are loosing our best players for the world championships!! ;)

    • ray2013 - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      I’m not a Leaf hater, but your statement seems to assume that they will be in the playoffs for an extended duration.

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