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.
The Calgary Flames put veteran forward Devin Setoguchi on waivers Wednesday.
Setoguchi, 27, was deemed expendable after appearing in just 12 games this year, registering no points with a minus-7 rating while averaging just over 12 minutes per game. He last played in Saturday’s 5-4 shootout win over the Devils, playing 7:35 (only rookie forward Corban Knight played less.)
A former first-round pick (eighth overall, 2005) and 30-goal scorer, Setoguchi’s career has been in a tailspin recently. He’s played for four different organizations over the last five years — San Jose, Minnesota, Winnipeg and Calgary — and has seen his production steadily decrease.
Should Setoguchi go unclaimed, he’ll likely be off to Calgary’s AHL affiliate in Adirondack. He’s on a one-year, $750,000 deal, so the Flames would be freed of his cap hit.
Calgary Flames defenseman and captain Mark Giordano is on quite a run. As is that entire team – at least through the early stages of this season.
Giordano scored once and added a pair of assists as the Flames stormed back in the third period to defeat the Florida Panthers – before another small crowd – by a final score of 6-4. The 31-year-old veteran blue liner is now up to 18 points in the first 16 games of the season and the Flames improved their record to 9-5-2, which gives them 20 points and puts them two back of the Anaheim Ducks for top spot in the Western Conference.
Fascinating, isn’t it? As for Giordano, well, he has 10 points in his last five games. That includes multiple points in four straight games.
However, the win in Florida was not without its nervous moments and the Flames did suffer a casualty to injury.
Giordano himself reportedly went to the locker room for a brief period after crashing heavily into the boards, according to Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun.
Giordano did return to the game. Good news, obviously, for the Flames.
“He lost his wind, and I lost mine too. He hit the boards hard,” said Calgary’s coach Bob Hartley, as per Gilbertson.
However, the Flames did lose forward Devin Setoguchi to an upper-body injury, as per Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald.