Ramblings: Jumbo Joe to TO, Potential Top 100 Roto Players (Oct 17)

Ian Gooding

2020-10-17

It's going to look weird after 15 consecutive years in teal. Joe Thornton has signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Leafs. Thornton is the NHL's active leader in points (1,509), but at age 41 he might have to battle fellow aging veteran Jason Spezza (among others) for a spot in the lineup. The Leafs have made a point of adding experience to their lineup this offseason, also adding Wayne Simmonds and Zach Bogosian. Imagine a Leafs fourth line with Thornton centering Spezza and Simmonds.

Thornton recorded 31 points (7g-24a) in 70 games last season, but 12 of those points came in his last 19 games mainly on a line with Timo Meier or Kevin Labanc, so there could still be something left in the tank. However, the Leafs are covered with Auston Matthews and John Tavares as their top two centers, so Jumbo Joe would likely only elevate to the top 6 in the event of an injury. Still, it will be great to see one of the league's most interesting players lace 'em up for at least one more season. But if he wants to win a Stanley Cup, is Toronto really the right choice? 😊

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The Flames signed winger Andrew Mangiapane to a two-year contract with a cap hit of $2.425 million, avoiding arbitration. Mangiapane scored 32 points, including 17 goals, in 68 games last season while spending significant time on the Flames' second line with Matthew Tkachuk and Mikael Backlund. He picked it up in the second half, scoring 17 points over his last 26 games. He is an exciting player to watch, and he seems like a solid bet to fit into the Flames' top 6 again in 2020-21.

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2017 second overall pick Nolan Patrick accepted his qualifying offer for one year at $874,125. Patrick, whose career has been derailed by injuries, missed the entire 2019-20 season (regular season and postseason) due to migraine disorder. Hopefully he's able to resume his career in some form in 2020-21.

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This year's second overall pick also signed a contract on Friday. Quinton Byfield signed his own three-year, entry-level contract with the Kings. Expect Byfield to return to the OHL (whatever it may look like), although he will have a chance to crack the Los Angeles roster for at least a nine-game audition with a strong camp. For mor