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Leafs sign Holland; Ashton agrees to qualifying offer

Jul 16, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs covered some bases regarding younger forwards on Wednesday — Peter Holland (pictured) signed a two-year deal that TSN’s Jonas Siegel reports is one-way. (Financials still not available).

Shortly thereafter, Carter Ashton accepted the team’s $850K qualifying offer as well.

Both Holland and Ashton might have to battle to earn roster spots next year, as Cap Geek indicates there could be as many as 15 forwards with at least a viable chance to make the team. The pair probably has solid odds to make it, however.

With a one-way deal and good NHL experience (68 games in his career, 11 points in 43 contests between the Leafs and Ducks last season), Holland’s made the bigger impact at the top level. The 23-year-old seems like he has the most offensive ability of the two, although it’s obviously still early.

Update: Per TSN’s Darren Dreger, Holland’s deal is worth $1.55 million ($775,000 cap hit) and is of the one-way variety.

Ashton, also 23, certainly got some NHL experience with 32 games of his own with the Buds last season and 47 in his career, yet he’s only managed three assists in that time.

While Toronto’s forward corps seem robust, GM Dave Nonis still has plenty of issues to resolve. The Maple Leafs have three tricky RFA situations to deal with in James Reimer, Jake Gardiner and Cody Franson.

In short, there are still quite a few things to clear up before the Maple Leafs are ready for the 2014-15 season.

  1. beergold - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Well oh my friggin God I am dusting off my Davey Keon jersey and standing in line to get season tickets the Leafs have signed Jesus and Vishnu and the Leafs are going to the Stanley cup in 2014-15!

    • lakeshoreleafsfan - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      You’re an idiot. And I can proof it. Somebody who takes the time and effort to voluntarily click on a link (which is optional) to an article about a team they apparently don’t care for and write such stupid and sarcastic comments … is, well, an idiot

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:55 AM

      You must be having a bad day… You forgot to say “1967”. You forgot to spell “Leafs” as “Laffs”. You implied it, but didn’t quite say “Plan the Parade”, so you only get partial points there. Focus and Troll harder next time!

  2. Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Excellent!

    They did really well for the Marlies. Ashton 32 points in 36 games, Holland 25 in 25 games (season and playoffs together). Ashton could have done better with the Leafs, but he was stuck between a line with Clarkson and a line with Orr. Not much he could do. Holland was solid when the Leafs were depleted at center.

    I’m glad the Leafs didn’t “Nonis” it up this year with bad contracts. They FINALLY left some roster spots open for these guys and other prospects to make a statement. Not sure if the team is deep/experienced enough to make the playoffs, but here’s hoping.

    Sign Franson and Gardiner too, already!

    • Mark - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:58 AM

      Nonis did add some bad contracts (although not as bad as Clarkson) and once again screwed up with the buyouts (mostly because there was no point in getting Gleason in the first place) but these contracts are fine.

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