The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to undergo a busy free agent frenzy.
Less than an hour after the market opened on Wednesday, the Maple Leafs pulled the trigger on their third signing of the day, agreeing to terms with forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel on a one-year contract worth $1 million.
Aube-Kubel is coming off a whirlwind season that first saw the lowly Philadelphia Flyers place him on waivers before being claimed by the Colorado Avalanche, where he proceeded to log depth minutes for the club as they marched their way to one of the most dominant Stanley Cup victories in recent memory.
In 74 games between the Flyers and Avalanche, Aube-Kubel racked up a respectable 11 goals and 23 points while logging just under 10 minutes of ice time per night. The 25-year-old also suited up for 14 games of Colorado's postseason run, going pointless but seeing his ice time improve by roughly one minute.
Aube-Kubel will not move the needle on his own. But for a team like the Maple Leafs, who are capped-out and looking to re-work their fourth line, he's a perfect value add that should give their bottom-six some tenacity and possession-driving ability without coming in at an outrageous price.
With just under $3 million in cap space left to work with, the Maple Leafs will likely turn their sights to shoring up the bottom rungs of their organizational depth chart in order to acquire injury protection and AHL insulation.
Aube-Kubel gives them both of those things, really. And for a buriable price, he's as good a bet as anyone.