The Toronto Maple Leafs and general manager Kyle Dubas didn't have much to work with this offseason but still made some moves.
Dubas decided to mainly address the lack of toughness that so many people have brought up around the team.
He also made an interesting gamble as he decided to take a swing at a former top prospect signing Jimmy Vesey to a one year deal worth $900k.
It gives Vesey an opportunity to try and find his game again and reunite with Alexander Kerfoot who he had so much success with at Harvard.
Vesey is pretty pumped to try and prove his critics wrong.
“I wasn't really happy with my season last year. And It was obviously a stressful time with a lot of uncertainty about what's to come ahead,” Vesey admits. “I think my third year in New York, I was having my best year as a pro. I was on pace to be at 20 goals and 20 assists and then at the end of the year, it got away from me a little bit. Maybe I was thinking too much about hitting those milestones. And then I got traded in the summer and had a tough start to the year, got hurt [early]. I’m not sure if I was looking around waiting for someone else to [step up] since I was unfamiliar with the team, but I've been putting it in my mind this summer that this year I can't do that at all. I'm going to come out with my hair on fire.”
He's hoping Kerfoot will be a big part of that.
“I obviously have a very high level of respect for how good of a player he is,” Vesey said. “He can really pass the puck. I'm looking forward to being on a team with him again and maybe getting some ice time with him as well. I talked to him through the whole [free agent] process and it's always great to have a familiar face in the locker room.”
What do you think of Vesey's comments?