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Maple Leafs sign Connor Brown: Three years, $6.3M

Toronto Maple Leafs v St. Louis Blues

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 9: Connor Brown #12 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a faceoff against the St. Louis Blues during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 9, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blues defeated the Maple Leafs 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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Clearly, Connor Brown was rewarded by the Toronto Maple Leafs by handing his number 12 to Patrick Marleau.

OK, that’s probably not the trigger, but either way, the Maple Leafs signed Brown for three years, $6.3 million on Saturday. Brown, 23, carries a cap hit of $2.1M.

Brown generated 20 goals and 36 points in 82 regular-season games last season, averaging 16:12 TOI. He logged even more minutes during that six-game series against the Capitals, averaging 18:14 per night.

Aside from seven games in 2015-16, last season constitutes the extent of Brown’s work in the NHL.

The 20 goals were nice, but there are other factors that make the $2.1 million seem fair considering other factors.

The Athletic’s James Mirtle praised the deal, and also dropped a great, timely joke: