Just hours after the Toronto Maple Leafs placed forward Peter Holland on waivers, the Leafs quickly signed defensemen Connor Carrick to a two-year deal.
The Maple Leafs have signed Connor Carrick to a two-year contract. #TMLtalk
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 22, 2016
According to General Fanager, the deal is one-way.
— General Fanager (@generalfanager) July 22, 2016
Carrick, 22, was acquired by the Leafs from the Washington Capitals along with Brooks Laich and a second-round draft pick in 2016 (later to be Carl Grundstrom) in exchange for Daniel Winnik and a 2016 fifth-round pick that originally belonged to the Anaheim Ducks. Carrick was originally selected by the Capitals 137th overall in the 2012 Draft.
In 16 games with the Leafs this year, Carrick tallied two goals and two assists. He was dominant in the American Hockey League playoffs, scoring seven goals and added 11 assists. Not only did Carrick lead the Marlies in scoring, he led the league in playoff scoring as well.
There is no doubt that his performance during the AHL playoffs played a huge factor in this contract. Carrick showed great offensive instincts, while still playing a smart defensive game in his own end. Carrick was unable to earn a spot with the Captials, but he definitely showed his worth to Maple Leafs management that he is an integral part of this blue line for the future.