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Leafs Sign Zach Aston-Reese to Tryout Contract

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Zach Aston-Reese to a professional tryout contract.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Zach Aston-Reese to a professional tryout contract.

Aston-Reese split 2021-22 with Pittsburgh and Anaheim, going to the Ducks in the deal that sent Rickard Rakell to the Penguins. Aston-Reese had two goals and 11 points with Pittsburgh and an additional three goals and four points in 17 games with the Ducks after the trade deadline. Aston-Reese's value is more as a defensive forward, while also having a strong frame that allows him to win tough puck battles.

The Leafs have a crowded bottom-six with players like Wayne Simmonds, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Joey Anderson and Adam Gaudette, among others. Aston-Reese will need to have a strong camp, or the Leafs will need to consider moving on from someone like Simmonds (who holds a modified no-trade clause) to make room for Aston-Reese if he is to make the squad.

So, it'll be an interesting few weeks to see if he makes it onto the roster.



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