OK, that’s probably not the trigger, but either way, the Maple Leafs signed Brown for three years, $6.3 million on Saturday. Brown, 23, carries a cap hit of $2.1M.
Brown generated 20 goals and 36 points in 82 regular-season games last season, averaging 16:12 TOI. He logged even more minutes during that six-game series against the Capitals, averaging 18:14 per night.
Aside from seven games in 2015-16, last season constitutes the extent of Brown’s work in the NHL.
The 20 goals were nice, but there are other factors that make the $2.1 million seem fair considering other factors.
The Athletic’s James Mirtle praised the deal, and also dropped a great, timely joke: