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Maple Leafs re-sign Mark Giordano to 2-year extension


TORONTO, ON - MAY 14: Alex Killorn #17 of the Tampa Bay Lightning works between Jack Campbell #36 and Mark Giordano #55 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during Game Seven of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on May 14, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ( Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty images)

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The Toronto Maple Leafs liked what they saw from veteran defenseman Mark Giordano after acquiring him from Seattle at the NHL trade deadline, and rewarded him with a two-year contract extension on Sunday.

The deal will reportedly pay him a salary cap hit of $800,000 per season.

Giordano is in his late 30s and is not the same player he was at his peak, and his offensive game has definitely declined, but he remains a solid defensive presence and possession driver.

At that salary cap hit it should be a steal for the Maple Leafs even if he is no longer an elite scorer as a defenseman.

Their defensive play was underrated during the 2021-22 season and Giordano definitely helps their blue line. It is also a very low-risk deal for Toronto given how low the salary cap number is. At the very least he should be able to give them a strong defensive effort in 2022-23.