Following the one-year trial-and-error of Tyson Barrie on the right side, Toronto ended up more or less where they were a year ago. They shored up their blue line for the next few years by signing T.J. Brodie to a four-year deal worth $5M. It also carries a no-move clause. Let's get into it.
What the Leafs get
Brodie has spent his entire career in Calgary and that's where we'll start, because it's very much worth pointing out his numbers with and without Mark Giordano as his defence-mate. Giordano is a true Norris-level defenceman and can make people look good. Here are Calgary's shot/goal/expected goal rates with Giordano+Brodie on the ice over the last three years, and them on the ice without each other (from Natural Stat Trick):
The numbers for the three years prior to that are similar, if lower. All this is to say that Brodie did much worse away from Giordano than Giordano did away from Brodie.
Of course, who Brodie played with (g