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2010 NHL Free Agency: Colby Armstrong signs 3-year, $9 million deal with Toronto

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If this isn’t the biggest sign that this summer has one of the weakest free agency pools in recent memory, I don’t know what is.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Colby Armstrong to a three-year, $9 million contract. Armstrong scored just 15 goals last season, one year after his “breakout season’ in 2008-2009 with the Thrashers, after he scored 22 goals in 82 games.

Armstrong is known more for his physicality than outright scoring ability, although he doesn’t end up in the penalty box as much as you would think with a player like that. He’s mainly just a “guy” who had a good season with Atlanta two years ago, and signed a one-year extension with the Thrashers to cash in on it.

Now, even after a down season, he’s making $3 million a year in Toronto.