At this rate, Toronto Maple Leafs training camp might feature closer competition than their games.
The Maple Leafs reportedly handed forward Brad Boyes a professional tryout contract on Thursday, according to Fox Sports Midwest’s Andy Strickland.
Boyes joins a remarkably distinguished group of veteran players hoping to make the Leafs, as Curtis Glencross and Devin Setoguchi are also in that PTO mix. That trio has combined for 464 goals and 1,005 points in their NHL careers.
Boyes, 33, has eclipsed the 20-goal mark four times in his career, yet he had to earn a contract in this situation before. The Florida Panthers made him try out before signing him, and he rewarded them with a 21-goal season in 2013-14.
He didn’t score as many goals with Florida in 2014-15 (14), but he actually ended up with more points (38 versus 36).
Is he a perfect player? No, but he’s managed to stay relevant enough to keep his NHL career alive, and he’s likely to push Setoguchi, Glencross and Maple Leafs youngsters for a roster spot in the coming weeks.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to give Devin Setoguchi another chance.
According to Matt Brown of The FAN 590, the Leafs have signed Setoguchi to a professional tryout contract. He will attend the club’s training camp next month.
CTV Calgary reported earlier this month that Setoguchi went through a rehab program and has been sober for five months.
The 28-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames last August, but after going 12 games with out a point, the Flames waived him and assigned the former first-round pick to the AHL’s Adirondack Flames.
The 6-foot, 200-pound Alberta native scored three goals and seven assists in 19 AHL games last season.
The Calgary Flames have shipped winger Devin Setoguchi to the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.
The 27-year-old was placed on waivers Wednesday and went unclaimed prior to the noon deadline on Thursday.
Setoguchi went pointless in 12 games with the Flames this season while picking up four penalty minutes and a minus-7 rating
He was also a healthy scratch in nine games.
“(Setoguchi) is skating around out there like he has a 300 pound gorilla on his back,” Flames GM Brad Treliving told The Calgary Herald. “Nothing but good things to say about the work he’s put in. He’s in the gym, he’s working hard, it’s just he’s been bitten a little bit right now.”
Calgary signed the Alberta native to a one-year, $750,000 contract in August.
Setoguchi last played in the AHL during the 2007-08 season with the Worcester Sharks while with the San Jose organization. He also signed a contract with the Ontario Reign of the ECHL during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.