Ramblings: Contracts for Liljegren and Kiersted; Point, Colton, Hedman, Cirelli, and More on Tampa – June 28
Timothy Liljegren has signed a two-year extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs, locking him up for his age-23 and age-24 seasons. Liljegren is coming off his first full-ish season with the Leafs, totalling 23 points in 61 games. The terms of the deal are here:
For the fantasy game, there could be some very good multi-cat value here. He put up 147 hits+blocks in those 61 contests, skating under 16:30 a night. If he can add a 2-3 minutes per night in ice time, then 200 hits+blocks are in play for him, with good point production because of the team's offensive environment. His upside is capped without Morgan Rielly's PP minutes, but that doesn't mean he's irrelevant, even in mid-sized multi-cat leagues.
The Florida Panthers made a similar signing, extending Matt Kiersted for two years:
Kiersted was signed out of college 16 months ago but has played just 17 games with the team. They do need to start developing more of their own blue liners as Ben Chiarot and Robert Hägg are free agents and unlikely to return. There is also just one year left on MacKenzie Weegar's exceptionally cheap deal, and one year on Radko Gudas's acceptable deal. They need to start replenishing and that work has to start now with Kiersted. His Dobber Prospects profile is here.