Colby Armstrong Bought Out
The move will potentially save the Maple Leafs an additional $2 million in cap space this summer, which will give Burke a little more cap room to play with in the event he is active in the free agent frenzy and/or decides to bring in a player that carries a big cap hit.
Armstrong, 29, will be put on waivers today where any NHL club could pick him up.
Well liked by teammates and the media, Armstrong never really found his way in Toronto, often finding himself in the press box with injuries. Armstrong will depart from the Maple Leafs having scored nine goals and 17 assists for a total of 26 points over 79 games.
While many fans are appluading the move, most wish Burke could find a way to rid himself of defenseman Mike Komisarek’s mamouth $4.5 million contract, but I digress.
We will miss Armstrong’s sense of humor, but in the end, this was the right move for the Maple Leafs.
So, who will replace Army?
New York Rangers free agent forward Brandon Prust has been mentioned as a possible signing. Like Armstrong, Prust is an energy guy who uses his body effectively and can chip in with the odd fight. Through 82 games with the Rangers Prust scored five goals and added 12 assists for 17 points.
Originally drafted in the third round (70th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Prust stands 6’0″ tall and weighs in at 195 pounds. Prust made $800,000 with New York last season, and while he may get a raise from that amount, it should not be significant.
Until next time,