It sounds like the Toronto Maple Leafs will give Josh Leivo every opportunity to stick with the big club in 2016-17. The team announced that they signed Leivo to a two-year deal. The real news here is that Leivo reportedly scored a one-way deal, according to CapFriendly.
The contract will pay Leivo $575,000 next year and $650,000 the following year. Of course, the Leafs will have no problem paying him that money in the minors if he doesn’t stand out in training camp.
Toronto drafted Leivo in the third round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Over the last three seasons, the 23-year-old has played 28 NHL games and has seven goals and one assist during that span. He scored five goals in 12 games last year.
Leivo has had much more success at the AHL level at this point. He put up 17 goals and 48 points in 51 games regular season games with the Marlies and added 12 points in 15 postseason games. He was selected to play in the AHL All-Star Classic in 2015-16.
It’s been a relatively busy day for the Maple Leafs, as they also signed 2016 first overall pick Auston Matthews to a three-year, entry-level contract.