The Toronto Maple Leafs today signed free-agent winger David Booth to a one-year, $1 million contract, while the Calgary Flames avoided salary arbitration with center Joe Colborne by inking him to a two-year, $2.55 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An affordable gamble on the part of the Leafs in signing Booth, who’s been plagued by injury for most of his NHL career. When healthy, Booth has 20-goal, 40-point potential. This signing is akin to the Leafs taking a chance on Mason Raymond, who had a decent season in Toronto and ultimately wound up signing with Calgary this summer.
As for Colborne, no surprise he and the Flames avoided arbitration. He suggested as much earlier in the week. The 24-year-old posted decent numbers (10 goals, 28 points) in his first full NHL season and has time to improve. He could go on to become a key part of the rebuilding Flames.